Cristiano Ronaldo rescued a crucial win for Manchester United with a stoppage time goal against Villarreal.
The five-time Champions League winner loves the competition. Even before his first kick of the game, Ronaldo set a record by surpassing his former Real Madrid teammate Iker Casillas to become the all-time leader in Champions League appearances with 178.
And with his final kick of the game, in the 95th minute, he scored a winner. He cushioned down Fred’s cross for Jesse Lingard before receiving the ball back to force home from a tight angle on the right.
Mr. Champions League took his shirt off, as he ran in front of the Stretford End, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer pumping fists to celebrate a much-needed win against Unai Emery’s men. Viva Ronaldo!
🇵🇹 Five-time winner Cristiano Ronaldo in the Champions League:
⚽️ Most goals in history (136)
👕 Most appearances (178)
😮 Most goals in a season (17)
🤯 Most goals in knockout stages (67)
🔥 Only player to score in 11 straight games
🏆 Only player to score in 3 finals#UCL pic.twitter.com/SyRXiouyhH
— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) September 29, 2021
My Guy 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽@Cristiano
— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) September 29, 2021
— Usain St. Leo Bolt (@usainbolt) September 29, 2021
Wow! A 95th minute winner from the irrepressible @Cristiano. Astonishing footballer.
— Gary Lineker 💙 (@GaryLineker) September 29, 2021
Tuesday: Lionel Messi scores his first PSG goal against Man City in the Champions League.
Today: Cristiano Ronaldo scores the winner for Man Utd against Villarreal in the Champions League.
They continue to deliver 🐐 pic.twitter.com/417JGt2tWF
— B/R Football (@brfootball) September 29, 2021
The Red Devils, after initially being put on the back foot at their own home, stepped up quickly to cancel out Villarreal’s opener.
Similar to the night in Gdansk, United were a better team after the equaliser, but this time they managed to find a goal to seal the game. Ronaldo, with his 136th Champions League goal, proved to be the difference tonight.