Cristiano Ronaldo could rise to become Manchester United’s greatest player, but that will only happen with silverware
Although he admitted he was nervous ahead of the game, Ronaldo made his dream debut for the Red Devils by scoring twice against Newcastle United this weekend.
Speaking on Monday Night Football, Sky Sports’ Jamie Carragher spoke about the legacy the Portuguese superstar could leave behind.
“I think if Cristiano Ronaldo can take United to the title or to the Champions League in the next couple of years, I think he will rise.
“If he can be raised in United’s eyes to be possibly the greatest player they’ve ever had.
“He’s one of the many for what he’s done, but if he could be the guy to bring home the title after 10 years, that’s not exactly the same as [Eric] Cantona did it, it was much longer, 26 years old but I think that raises him to a level that for me [he becomes] number one.”
Carragher has said more difficult tests will come and that he will not be judged on his scores against teams like Newcastle United.
“Ronaldo will not be judged by his score against Newcastle, he was bought by Juventus to try to take them to the Champions League, that did not happen and we also must not forget that Juventus have him sold to Manchester United.
“Now for Manchester United right now with the arrival of Ronaldo, there is no doubt that he makes them a better team.
“But when you buy a 36-year-old to play center-forward for this team when he has his record, it’s about winning right now, it’s not about building for something else.
For a player who has already tasted Premier League and Champions League success at Old Trafford, he will be adamant that his teammates help him expand his trophy cabinet even further.
After sealing his comeback, in his first interview with the club, Ronaldo told ex-team-mate Wes Brown he was “here to win again”.
He will not let go as United look to win their first league title since Alex Ferguson’s last season in 2013.