Ronaldo 'proud' to be named Premier League POTM

Friday 08 October 2021 16:01

Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo says he is proud to have picked up the Premier League Player of the Month award for September.

Ronaldo claimed the prize after topping the voting, comprised between supporters and a panel of football experts, following his three goals in three matches during the month in which he made a return to English football. 

Having already won United’s September accolade, this is now the fifth time he has won the league-wide award, after his stand-out performances were recognised on four occasions during his first spell at Old Trafford. 

The most recent of those came 13 years ago, in March 2008, and the Premier League has today confirmed that is a record for the longest period between one player winning it twice.

It is also the 40th time a United player has been named the winner, with Paul Ince the first to do so in October 1994, and Bruno Fernandes the most recent Reds recipient before Ronaldo in December 2020.

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Upon hearing the news, Cristiano, who is currently away on international duty with Portugal, took to social media to thank his new team-mates for their contribution towards the feat. 

“Proud to be elected Player of the Month among so many great players in the Premier League,” he said. 

“Thanks to all my teammates at Man United, couldn’t have done it without them. 

“Let’s keep working hard and the results will come!”

Ronaldo beat off competition from Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah, as well as Manchester City defender and his international compatriot Joao Cancelo, Chelsea’s Antonio Rudiger, Newcastle forward Allan Saint-Maximin and Watford winger Ismaila Sarr, to win September's prize. 

It comes after our returning no.7 scored three times in three league matches across the month, including a brace on his second United debut, in a thrilling 4-1 victory over Newcastle United at the Theatre of Dreams. 
A week later, he netted the equaliser as the Reds came from behind to beat West Ham United 2-1 at the London Stadium, while he also played 90 minutes in our third and final Premier League game of the month against Aston Villa in September. 

Ronaldo and co have since drawn with Everton at the start of October and will be hoping to get back to winning ways upon our return to league action, as his social media post suggests, during the trip to the King Power Stadium to face Leicester City, a week on Saturday.

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