14.10.2021 » Can Cristiano Ronaldo win more titles before retirement?
Cristiano Ronaldo put pen to paper on a two-year deal when he swapped Juventus for Manchester United in the final days of the summer transfer window. Widely regarded as one of the greatest players ever, the Portuguese dynamo approaches the twilight of his outstanding playing career. However, Ronaldo looks as hungry for success as ever, and it is hard to put it past him to land a few more pieces of silverware before calling time on his career. With Manchester United backed by analysts to challenge for trophies this season, and Portugal a potential dark horse, both teams are a worth a bet or two. And if you plan on cashing out your bets when the odds change, make sure you read up on what the bet365 cashout features are. For more insights into how Ronaldo's final couple of years will look like, let's take a look at his chances of lifting several club and international trophies in the foreseeable future.
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Premier League goals
Ronaldo's glamorous return to Old Trafford has made United fans dream big again and dominated the Man Utd news headlines, while the 36-year-old has wasted no time in backing those fantasies on the pitch.
Cristiano has always been a polarising figure, depending on which side of the spectrum of liking him you fall on.
Though many see him as an egoistic, me-first player who favours individual accolades over the team ones, his sides' vast success directly contrasts that perception.
It has been nearly a decade since Manchester United last won the Premier League, with the club's steady decline coinciding with Sir Alex Ferguson's departure in 2013.
Meanwhile, Ronaldo took La Liga and Serie A by storm en route to conquering three league crowns with Real Madrid and Juventus, respectively.
As motivated as ever, the five-time Ballon d'Or winner will now hope to translate his winning mentality to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side as they look to overthrow cross-town rivals Manchester City.
There is a genuine feeling that the Red Devils currently boast their strongest squad in years, but they have yet to prove their title credentials on the field.
Despite Ronaldo's immediate impact at Old Trafford, Solskjaer's men have already dropped seven of a possible 21 Premier League points.
However, United are firmly in contention for the league title as they sit a mere two points adrift of pacesetters Chelsea after seven Premier League fixtures.
As has often been the case in the past, Ronaldo could be the catalyst to sway the title race in United's favour.
That is at least what the Old Trafford faithful are hoping for as long as their talisman can stay fit.
The bookmakers rate the Red Devils as fourth-favourites to claim the Premier League crown this season, but it feels like they have neglected the Ronaldo factor.
Champions League hopes
Ronaldo has lifted five Champions League titles during his illustrious career, including his inaugural one with United back in 2007/08.
The veteran goal-machine was part of Zinedine Zidane's record-breaking generation that won three Champions League trophies in a row, finishing as the competition's top-scorer on each occasion.
Therefore, the Portugal captain knows in-depth about establishing continental supremacy, same as his new teammate Raphael Varane.
The pair fought shoulder-to-shoulder under Zidane and are now entrusted by Solskjaer with navigating their United locker-room mates to identical heights.
United's last Champions League success dates back to Ronaldo's previous spell at the club. That sparks supporters' hopes that another triumphant season could be on the cards.
But the Red Devils' showings in the group stage do not bode well with the club's high expectations.
After slumping to a dreadful 2-1 away defeat to Young Boys in their Champions League curtain-raiser, United fought back from a one-goal deficit to beat Villarreal by the identical scoreline on Matchday 2.
Who else but Cristiano to step up and tip the scales in the English side's favour, with the Portuguese superstar coming up big in the dying moments of the match to secure an all-important three points for United.
Even though the Red Devils have the Champions League's all-time highest scorer on their books, it is somewhat understandable they are not among the leading candidates to clinch the title this term.
There is no doubt Ronaldo would like to taste European glory one last time before hanging up his boots, but United may have to defy the odds to fulfil his wish.
World Cup dream
Ronaldo has won every single piece of silverware there is to win in club football, conquering the Champions League with two different sides and wrapping up league titles in three of Europe's top-five divisions.
In addition to countless individual accomplishments, including his record-breaking 115 goal tally in international football, the Portugal captain also boasts the European Championship crown in his glittering trophy cabinet.
But after leading the Seleçao to a long-awaited Euro triumph in 2016, Ronaldo refused to step back and went on to take his side atop the UEFA Nations League in 2019.
Well aware of his football legacy as he enters the autumn of his playing career, Cristiano knows that winning the World Cup could be a career-defining achievement that would stand out among his peers.
While it looks like a long shot, Ronaldo has managed to upset the odds so many times throughout his standout career, and it is hard to make a case for him not to go all the way down at Qatar 2022.
A potential World Cup success would go a long way in his resume in establishing him as one of the greatest players to grace the game, and there's no doubt he will fight tooth and nail to make it happen.
Cristiano Ronaldo next game for Manchester United is on October 16, against Leicester City. You can watch Leicester City vs Manchester United, Brazil vs Uruguay, Argentina vs Peru, Manchester City vs Burnley, Watford vs Liverpool, and PSG vs Angers, all matches provided from our live sports game pages.
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Leicester City vs Manchester United kick-off time (16-10-2021):
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