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Cristiano Ronaldo Is Soccer’s Michael Jordan, Boss Says After Late Goal


  • Cristiano Ronaldo‘s manager compared him to Michael Jordan after he rescued Manchester United once again.
  • The Portuguese forward scored twice in United’s 2-2 draw against Atalanta including a stoppage time equalizer.
  • The United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer described Ronaldo as “the best goal scorer alive.”

Cristiano Ronaldo‘s latest heroics for Manchester United have been compared to the likes of Michael Jordan by his manager.

Ronaldo scored twice, including an equalizer in stoppage time, to rescue United from defeat against Atalanta in the UEFA Champions League.

After the game, United’s manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, said Ronaldo’s performances was akin to basketball legend Michael Jordan.

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Solskjaer said Ronaldo’s last goal was “a Michael Jordan moment.”

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“He is incredible and if there is anyone you want the ball to fall to in the last minute it is him,” Solskjaer said, as reported by ESPN

“He is the best goal scorer alive and it is hard for me to say that because he just went past me with these two goals, now he has one more goal for Manchester United than me.

“That last goal, that must be a Michael Jordan moment when he wins championships in extra time.”

United fell behind in the 12th minute when Josip Ilicic’s shot slipped under goalkeeper David de Gea.

The Premier League side looked destined to go into the half time break a goal down until Ronaldo scored his first of the night.

Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo during the Premier League match at the King Power Stadium, Leicester

Cristiano Ronaldo has scored nine goals since rejoining United in the summer.

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He was on the end of a well-worked move which resulted in his Portuguese teammate, Bruno Fernandes, feeding him the ball before Ronaldo finished past the keeper.

The game was not level for long though as 11 minutes into the second half, Duvan Zapata put Atalanta back ahead.

Despite the goal being initially ruled out for offside, it was given via VAR meaning United were forced to again come from behind.

With the game in injury time, Ronaldo was on the edge of the box when the ball came towards him. He struck the volley low along the floor and into the bottom corner of the net, once again saving United.

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Ronaldo overtook his manager Solskjaer in the United all-time goalscoring charts.

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After the game, Ronaldo said United were “a little bit lucky” to avoid defeat.

“It was a difficult game, I know when we play in Bergamo it is always difficult, but we believe until the end and I am so happy,” Ronaldo told BT Sport.

“We never give up, we believe until the end, it is a good result for us. We were a little bit lucky in the end but that is football.”



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