Cristiano Ronaldo’s homecoming was obviously the highlight of 2021 for the man himself, although he did win some silverware with Juventus too.
All in all, in was a difficult year for Ronaldo, who saw his Juventus team beaten in the title race by Inter Milan. That didn’t stop him beating Romelu Lukaku in the race for Serie A top scorer.
In an Instagram post shared to celebrate the New Year, Ronaldo says his ‘iconic’ return to Manchester United was one of the highlights of 2021, but he is far from happy with what is currently happening on the pitch.
Ronaldo wrote: “2021 is coming to an end and it was far from being an easy year, despite my 47 goals scored across all competitions.
“Two different clubs and five different coaches. One Euro Final Stage played with my National Team and one World Cup Qualification left pending for 2022. At Juventus, I was proud to win the Italian Cup and the Italian Supercup, and become the Série A Top Scorer. For Portugal, becoming the Euro Top Scorer was also a high point this year. And of course, my return to Old Trafford will always be one of the most iconic moments in my career.
“But I’m not happy with what we are achieving in Man. United. None of us are happy, I’m sure of that. We know that we have to work harder, play better and deliver way more than we are delivering right now.
“Let’s make this New Year’s Eve a turning point of the season! Let’s embrace 2022 with a higher spirit and a stronger mentality. Let’s take us above and beyond, let’s reach for the stars and put this club right where it belongs! Join us, we’re counting on all of you!
“Happy New Year and see you soon!”
Check out Ronaldo’s NYE Instagram post below:
Like us all, Ronaldo wants more: better results and a higher standard in performances.
He was sure to point out how he scored a staggering 47 (14 for United) goals for club and country, which is a remarkable return for a player aged 36.
Ronaldo knows that he will also need to improve if the team is to get better results between now and the remainder of the season, but he has still managed to rank as the squad’s third highest since coming back.
CR7 makes is very clear that his team-mates think the exact same and demand more as United players.