Solskjaer comments on latest Ronaldo record

Saturday 18 September 2021 07:00

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has praised Cristiano Ronaldo’s longevity, days after the Manchester United forward created more history in Europe.

Already the Champions League’s all-time leading goalscorer, the Portuguese star extended his tally to 135 with the opener in our eventual defeat to Young Boys.

It was Ronaldo’s 17th in the competition for United since making his debut as a teenager back in 2003, and his first for the club since scoring a double against Arsenal in the 2009 semi-final, a year on from lifting the trophy in Moscow.

In the intervening years with Real Madrid and then Juventus, Cristiano has been a force of nature, especially in the latter stages of the tournament.

Ronaldo equals Champions League record


See more on the European milestone our no.7 levelled in Bern, on Tuesday evening.

His 67 goals in the knockout rounds put him way out in front of any player, and even clubs such as AC Milan and Arsenal, while the 36-year-old has won five European Cups in total – only legendary winger Paco Gento, who played for Real Madrid in the 1950s and 1960s, can beat that.

Ronaldo has gradually hoovered up further Champions League records and equalled another on Tuesday night.

The game in Bern was his 177th appearance in the competition, drawing him level with former team-mate Iker Casillas.

He can, therefore, go out on his own at the top of the list if he is involved in the game with Villarreal at Old Trafford at the end of this month.

And manager Solskjaer is certain that Ronaldo, with three goals in two games after re-signing already, will keep showing his world-class ability in front of goal.

“Yes, you know, it’s about his longevity and sustainability and his professionalism and his quality,” Ole told club media.

“He scored again and I’m sure he’ll score more goals for us.”