The 36-year-old Portuguese football icon got into the Premier League game with 799 career goals and had to wait until the 52nd minute to score the milestone goal.
He scored his 800th goal from 10 yards out at Old Trafford when he took advantage of Marcus Rashford‘s assist. Before Ronaldo’s goal, Emile Smith Rowe had given Arsenal the lead in the 13th minute. Bruno Fernandes’ 44th-minute goal brought Manchester United back to the game.
Martin Odegaard’s 54th-minute goal, 2 minutes after Ronaldo gave Manchester United the lead made it 2-2. Ronaldo scored the winner in the 70th minute via a spot-kick.
Ronaldo’s 800th and 801st career goals came over four days after Manchester United caretaker coach, Micheal Carrick had to start him from the bench in a 1-1 draw with Chelsea.
Hence, most pundits believe that Ronaldo used the Premier League game against Arsenal to prove to United’s incoming interim coach, Ralf Rangnick (who watched the game from the stand), that he has all it takes to succeed under him.
Before now, the argument has been that Rangnick who is known for high pressing football might not want to use Ronaldo who is seen as a misfit to his style of football. But the fact that the 36-year-old 5-time Ballon d’Or winner often helps Manchester United to win games might make it difficult for the incoming interim manager to drop the Portuguese star.
So far this season, Ronaldo who returned to Manchester United in August 2021 after leaving the club in 2009 for Real Madrid and then Juventus, has scored 12 goals and provided 2 assists in 17 games in all competitions.
After he helped Manchester United to beat Arsenal 3-2 at Old Trafford on Thursday night, Ronaldo took to Instagram to celebrate his team for the win.
He wrote: “Our minds are already set on the next game, there’s no time to celebrate! Today’s win was very important to get back on track, but there’s still a long road to go until we reach our destination…
“Congrats to all my teammates, great spirit tonight! And a very special thank you to our supporters, we couldn’t have done it without you.”
Cristiano Ronaldo’s achievements and his Ballon d’Or record
So far in his football career, Cristiano Ronaldo has won over 32 major titles including a record 5 UEFA Champions League trophies, three Premier League titles, two La Liga, and two Serie A.
Ronaldo has scored 311 La Liga goals, 90 Premier League goals, 81 Serie A goals, and three Liga Portugal goals. He has scored a total of 51 domestic titles goals and 150 international cups goals.
Also, the Portuguese football icon has scored 115 goals for the Portugal national team between 2003 and 2021 which is currently the highest number of goals an individual has scored for a national team.
Ronaldo has won the Ballon d’Or five times, which is the second-highest, two behind Lionel Messi. The Portuguese icon won the award in 2008, 2013, 2014, 2016, and 2017.
He also won the FIFA World Player of the Year in 2008 and the Best FIFA Men’s Player in 2016, and 2017. Ronaldo has won four European Golden Shoes so far in his career.
Bruno Fernandes clears the air on why Cristiano Ronaldo took the spot-kick instead of him
During the Premier League game between Manchester United and Arsenal, the world watched as Cristiano Ronaldo took the responsibility of playing a spot-kick that earned United the maximum three points at Old Trafford.
This left most football enthusiasts wondering whether Bruno Fernandes has stopped taking penalties for the club. Recall that since the Portuguese attacking midfielder joined the club over two seasons ago, he has been the club’s penalty taker.
Contrary to the assumption that Fernandes has stepped down from his role of a penalty taker, the Portuguese midfielder said it was just the turn of his fellow countryman to take the spot-kick.
Recall that the last time Manchester United had to take a spot-kick in a Premier League match was on September 25. Ronaldo and Fernandes were on the pitch when the referee decided to award United a spot-kick against Aston Villa. Fernandes stepped up for it and missed it.
Manchester United ended up losing the Premier League game 1-0 in favor of Aston Villa. After Fernandes’ penalty miss, many criticized the club for not allowing Ronaldo to take the kick.
“We didn’t have a chat. I missed the last one so I trust him in the same way I trust myself,” Fernandes told BBC Sport after the 3-2 win over Arsenal on Thursday. “It was time for Cristiano to take the penalty because I took the last one and missed it. It doesn’t matter who gets on the penalty.”
The 3-2 win over Arsenal has not changed Manchester United’s position on the league table. They are still occupying the 7th spot with 21 points in 14 games. While Arsenal are still occupying the 5th spot with 23 points in 14 games. They could drop to the 6th spot if 6th placed Tottenham Hotspur defeat Norwich City on December 5.