Manchester United - Players Review 08/09: Cristiano Ronaldo
UK time is: 20:11:21
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Players Review 08/09: Cristiano Ronaldo

Though Ronaldo is off to Madrid, he won't escape our season review. He's next in the line after Rio Ferdinand (the number six, Wes Brown, did not play enough games for an individual review) so the timing is perfect.

Cristiano Ronaldo

b>Position: Erm... let's say that 'attacker', that's certain.

b>Squad number: 7 (he'll lose this though)

b>Games played: 53 (5 as a substitute)

b>Goals scored: 26

Best game of the season

His majestic, irresistible performance at the Emirates Stadium in May. He set up a goal and scored a brace: a stunning long-range free-kick and a cool lob after sprinting 70 yards off the pitch to finish off a counter-attack which he had started. Magnificent, unforgettable, devastating. It seems ridiculous to recall now that Arsenal were regarded as favourites in the press before the games... of course they are always hailed as the best team ever if they manage to play two good games in a row.

Worst game of the season

He got stick for his Champions League final performance which was entirely unjustified: isolated up front after the 10th minute he could do little... However, he had a nightmare of a Champions League game: the first leg against Porto when nothing came off for him. Poor crosses, sub-standard finishing and a mistake that led to the opening goal - after he decided not to track back, of course.


His early injury did not force him to miss many games but his fitness was obviously not what it should have been for a long time. His motivation was clearly and obviously lacking, too and he turned on his full power only in the latter stages of the season when the awards were in sight. His season was littered with strops, petulance and nasty, underhand fouls - but again he was our top scorer, dug United out of many a hole and produced some absolutely brilliant performances.

Vital's Rating: 8

For the very latest Premier League odds

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday June 11 2009

Time: 8:11PM

Your Comments (oldest first)

Change to most recent first
html madness - we all suffer from it occasionally :-)
Report Abuse
11/06/2009 20:18:00

ronaldo no longer.... lol how funny would it be after all this if he didn't accept terms (not gonna happen but still :P)
Man utd champions
Report Abuse
11/06/2009 21:00:00

He will,it is his dream and I hope he does,goodbye snake.
Report Abuse
12/06/2009 09:37:00

I know he will cos he's been wanting to go for ages. Just struck me as funny if after all this hype he didn't. I do think 80 million is a bargain because it was time for everyone to move on.
Man utd champions
Report Abuse
15/06/2009 14:50:00


Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Manchester United Articles

Leicester v United - Team-Sheets (Saturday November 28 2015)

United Back in for Brazilian? (Saturday November 28 2015)

Leicester v United - Facts and Figures (Saturday November 28 2015)

Wilson Joins Brighton! (Friday November 27 2015)

You`re Supposed to be a Role Model! (Thursday November 26 2015)

Archived Manchester United Articles

List All Vital United Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

Vital Members League (view all)

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
1. Man City 14 9 2 3 +16 29
2. Leicester City 14 8 5 1 +8 29
3. Man Utd 14 8 4 2 +10 28
4. Arsenal 13 8 2 3 +12 26
5. Spurs 13 6 6 1 +13 24
6. Crystal Palace 14 7 1 6 +5 22
7. Everton 14 5 6 3 +8 21

Manchester United Fixtures (view all)

Breaking League News

We Deserved A Point - Garde
Aston Villa : 28/11/2015 19:55:00
AFC Bournemouth : 28/11/2015 19:31:01
Buzz on the Spot - City v Southampton
Man City : 28/11/2015 19:31:00
Leicester City : 28/11/2015 19:16:00
Sunderland : 28/11/2015 18:46:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Leicester v Manchester United?
Suggested By:  Red Boy
Home win! 20%
Away Win! 70%
Score Draw! 10%
0-0 Bore! 0%