Ronaldo and De Gea to be honoured

Sunday 16 October 2022 11:41

David De Gea and Cristiano Ronaldo will be honoured before Sunday’s game against Newcastle United at Old Trafford for reaching two historic milestones.

De Gea will be presented with an award to mark his expected 500th appearance for Manchester United – making him only the 11th player to enter the exclusive ‘500 club’. 

In a joint presentation before kick-off, Ronaldo will also receive an award from the club for his achievement in reaching 700 club goals over the course of his remarkable career. 

De Gea ready for 'unbelievable' milestone


Why Sunday afternoon will be a memorable occasion for our long-serving goalkeeper.

Ronaldo notched his 700th club goal in our 2-1 Premier League win against Everton at Goodison Park last Sunday – bringing his total for Manchester United to 144. 

According to FIFA records, only Austrian-Czech striker Josef Bican, who retired in 1957, has scored more than Ronaldo's 700 club goals.
Meanwhile, De Gea will – assuming he starts against Newcastle – become the first player from outside the UK and Ireland to make more than 500 appearances for United. 

De Gea joined United from Atletico Madrid in 2011 and has gone on to win one Premier League title, the FA Cup, League Cup and Europa League with the club. He has achieved 169 clean sheets in his 499 appearances so far.

How remarkable Ronaldo reached 700 club goals


We break down the facts and figures behind Cristiano's latest career landmark.

The 10 players already in the ‘500 club’ are: 

Ryan Giggs (963), Sir Bobby Charlton (758), Paul Scholes (718), Bill Foulkes (688), Gary Neville (602), Wayne Rooney (559), Alex Stepney (539), Tony Dunne (535), Denis Irwin (529), and Joe Spence (510). 

De Gea will become only the second goalkeeper to pass the milestone, joining our 1968 European Cup winner Alex Stepney. Stepney recently celebrated his 80th birthday and he will also be honoured in a presentation on the pitch before the players begin their warm-up ahead of the Newcastle game.