Cristiano Ronaldo became the newest member of the Premier League’s 100 club when he scored for Manchester United at Arsenal on Saturday.
Ronaldo officially hit triple digits in the English top flight some 6,748 days after opening his account during his first stint at United as a teenager in 2003.
The 37-year-old was on the verge of a milestone in his last appearance when he scored a hat-trick against Old Trafford to secure a 3-2 win over Norwich City last Saturday.
And he sealed his century with the Emirates in the 34th minute, slipping between two defenders to put in a close-range cross for Nemanja Matic.
That goal makes him the 33rd player to score 100 or more goals in the Premier League and fourth for Manchester United.
The Portugal captain is now behind only Wayne Rooney (183), Ryan Giggs (109) and Paul Scholes (107) when it comes to United’s top scorers in the history of the competition.
Celebrating his Premier League centenary, Ronaldo has our picks of his top 10 performances in the competition.
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1. The First (Nov. 1, 2003)
– Manchester United (@ManUtd) November 1, 2018
Hardly a classic, but notable for being the first of Ronaldo’s Premier League goals. 18-year-old Ronaldo, who had just become the most expensive teenager in world football, needed 11 league games to hit the bull’s eye, which he finally did in a 3-0 win over Portsmouth at Old Trafford. The key moment came with 10 minutes to go when Ronaldo, a late substitute, drilled a free kick past Shaka Hislop to score United’s second goal of the game and his first in English football.
2. Last Minute Magic at Craven Cottage (February 24, 2007)
– Manchester United (@ManUtd) February 8, 2019
League leaders United had arguably been outplayed by hosts Fulham on the banks of the Thames as the game seemed headed for a fairly ordinary 1-1 draw. But in the 88th minute, the man comes when Ronaldo is brought to life to decide the game in United’s favour a moment of individual brilliance that had Sir Alex Ferguson bouncing up and down the touchline. The winger conquered wide down the left, charged to the edge of the area and blasted away with a low shot that sliced off defender Phillipe Christanval’s boot on his way into back netting. The barely deserved victory put United nine points above rivals Chelsea and the rest of the chasing group on their way to the 2006/07 title.
3. Under the Wall against Newcastle (12 January 2008)
– Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 12, 2017
While he may have become an unstoppable hat-trick machine at Real Madrid, This was the only goal Ronaldo scored in his first stint at United. In early 2008, Ronaldo was scoreless at half-time against Newcastle United without a coach, breaking the deadlock with a daisy-cutter free-kick just five minutes after the restart and then scoring two more goals as United really rolled over their 10-man opponents in Melody from 6- 0
4. “Knuckleball” free kick (30 January 2008)
– Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 30, 2018
Undoubtedly the best of the three free-kicks Ronaldo took against Portsmouth was part of a stunning three-minute barrage in which he scored both goals in the 2-0 win at Old Trafford in 2008. The reigning PFA Player of the Year doubled his tally in the 13th when he whipped a powerfully dodging dead ball past a confused and motionless David James from a distance of 25 meters.
5. Deft Backheel vs. Villa (March 29, 2008)
– Manchester United (@ManUtd) February 5, 2017
Ronaldo got the ball rolling at Old Trafford as United stunned visiting Aston Villa to move six points clear at the top of the Premier League in a 4-0 win. As if to sum up the offensive drive his side played with, Ronaldo’s goal came on 17 minutes when he responded quickly amid a crowded Villa box to send a mischievous punch through his legs and into the back of the net.
6. The finishing touches against West Ham (29 October 2008)
— Premier League (@premierleague) April 18, 2018
That goal against West Ham United is more memorable due to Dimitar Berbatov’s silky assist. who dodges his marker on the dead ball line with a perfect pirouette before selecting Ronaldo’s sudden attack into the six-yard box. Ronaldo scored both goals in an important 2-0 win for United as they tried to close the eight-point gap that had opened up between them and leaders Liverpool at the top of the table.
7. Two to catch up against Tottenham (25 April 2009)
Ronaldo converted a penalty that proved a crucial catalyst for United in one of the Premier League’s most thrilling comeback victories. The Red Devils were 2-0 down at Tottenham Hotspur at the break after a rather ridiculous first-half performance, only for the crucial – albeit somewhat controversial – penalty from Ronaldo to put them back in the lead just before the hour mark brought to life. Ferguson’s side scored four more goals (including another for Ronaldo) in the final 23 minutes of the game as United celebrated an amazing 5-2 win that helped lay the foundation for the ensuing 2008/09 title.
8th comeback goal(s) vs Newcastle (11 September 2021)
Ronaldo made a sensational return to Old Trafford after a 12-year absence, scoring twice for United in an impressive 4-1 win over Newcastle United in what some might describe as his ‘second debut’. With a lively home crowd cheering every touch, the veteran striker reopened his scoring tally in first-half injury time when he tapped a sitter home to put United ahead as a goosebumps chorus of ‘Siuuu!His cheers echoed from the fans at the stadium. Ronaldo’s second goal followed shortly after as United regained the lead with a low left foot after Javier Manquillo equalized in the 56th minute.
9. Scourge of Spurs (30 Oct 2021)
After a miserable 5-0 loss to Liverpool, United struck back by inflicting a similarly difficult defeat on Tottenham in north London. Ronaldo was at his best and gave Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side the lead five minutes before the break, hitting Bruno Fernandes’ cross at the far post and returning a great angled volley over the Spurs goal. Sadly, Solskjaer was relieved of his position the following month but Ronaldo’s determination to inflict his wrath on Tottenham had not waned by the time the two sides met for the second leg at Old Trafford in March. Ronaldo once again proved his side’s inspiration, scoring all three goals in a 3-2 win over Spurs that started with a thunderous long-range shot, continued with a simple tap and ended with a superb header.
10th hat-trick against Norwich (16 April 2022)
As if to cement Ronaldo’s position as a modern hat-trick colossus, the 37-year-old scored his 13th, 14th and 15th Premier League goals of the 2021/22 season, with all three of United’s goals in United’s most recent 3-2 win over Norwich.
Amazingly, this was Ronaldo’s 30th career hat-trick since he was 30 and accurately reflects the number of highs he scored before hitting the big three-O in February 2015. A bit of statistical symmetry is always nice.
His triumphant run against the Canary Islands also made Ronaldo the first wearer of the iconic United No. 7 shirt, having scored 20 goals in all competitions since 2008/09 when the man himself scored 26 goals in 53 games for the club in his first spell last season at Old Trafford.
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