Unsurprisingly, there was a lot of fanfare regarding the homecoming of the “Prodigal Son” at Manchester United when Cristiano Ronaldo was announced as one of the latest additions to the Red Devils as they finally look to try and bridge the gap between them and rivals Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table.
Of course, things started off in typical Ronaldo fashion as he managed to score a brace against Newcastle United in his second Old Trafford debut, although his second game for his former club certainly did not go to plan.
Indeed, their trip to Switzerland should have been one whereby CR7 and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would have expected to have been able to make the trip home with their first three points in the UEFA Champions League season.
However, as we all know, BSC Young Boys were able to spoil the party and record a shock 2-1 victory to send the English side back home questioning what had actually happened on Tuesday night; something not many people using online betting sites would have been expecting, either.
Ronaldo may have managed to bag a goal in that game, however he was substituted with time still left on the clock where he could have made another difference to the team; although it might be a bit of a stretch to ask him to net a hat-trick for the Red Devils.
Whilst it is no stretch of the imagination for him to be able to accomplish that task given that he has 57 in his career to date, the Portuguese sensation only has one as a Manchester United player.
That’s right, in the six years that he spent at the Premier League giants, he managed to score three goals in just one match for the club, despite one of his former managers claiming he could do it in any game when speaking about comparisons about him and Lionel Messi.
“People ask who the best player in the world is. Plenty say it’s [Lionel] Messi and you can’t dispute that opinion,” Sir Alex Ferguson told the BBC in 2015 (via Planet Football).
“But Ronaldo could play for Millwall, Queens Park Rangers, Doncaster Rovers or anyone, and score a hat-trick in any game. I’m not sure Messi could do that.”
That one hat-trick came against the opponents in which he managed to net his most recent brace for the club; Newcastle United.
Back in 2008, the two sides entered the break level at 0-0 as the managerless Magpies had frustrated United for the first 45 minutes of the game.
However, the Red Devils had alternative ideas on that day as CR7 finally managed to get his first hat-trick in England.
Now, 13 years later, it would not be a surprise if we were all to see him add another couple of match balls to his collection whilst a Manchester United player.