Cristiano Ronaldo scoring for Manchester United in the Champions League.
What’s old is new.
Ronaldo scored his 135th UCL goal early in Tuesday’s match between the Red Devils and Young Boys in Switzerland, 11.5 years removed from his last one (part of a 2-goal, 1-assist semifinal second leg versus Arsenal).
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The Portuguese star’s 13th-minute goal came in his record-tying 177th match in the competition, and it came off a delightful pass from club and country teammate Bruno Fernandes.
— UCL on Paramount+ (@CBSSportsGolazo) September 14, 2021
So, yeah, the first goal of the Champions League season coming from the player who’s done more than anyone else is pretty on-brand.
Ronaldo’s aim was a bit better than it was in warm-ups when the megastar cranked a shot into the head of a steward.
Credit to the Manchester United forward, who hopped the barrier behind the goal to make sure the steward wasn’t seriously injured by what we all know can be a pretty powerful shot.
— Derek Bowler (@BowlerDerek) September 14, 2021