Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane has praised the club’s decision to re-sign Cristiano Ronaldo from Juventus this summer.
Ronaldo completed a stunning return to the club he left in 2009, signing a two-year deal with the option of a third year on deadline day, after United agreed a transfer worth an initial €15 million with the Serie A giants.
The Portugal captain celebrated his return by breaking yet another goal record while on international duty with Portugal this week, scoring twice against the Republic of Ireland after missing a penalty to become the highest goalscorer in men’s international football history.
The brace ensured a late comeback win for Portugal against Keane‘s homeland, with the goals coming in the 89th and 96th minutes, and the former midfielder,
And the former teammate of Ronaldo said that he showed he is still world class despite being 36 years old.
Speaking as a pundit for ITV, he said: “Brilliant, it is amazing,” the pundit told ITV following England’s 4-0 win over Hungary in the World Cup qualifiers when asked for his opinion on the signing.
“Even last night, Ireland put on a great display, a good show, Ronaldo looked off it, missed a penalty but we just seen what he’s about getting in the box, end product, two brilliant headers.
“First one very, very brave then the second one great movement the accuracy of the header, how many times can I say it? The man’s a genius, I’m sick of saying it.
“I was surprised when it all happened, there was talk he was going to City and to be back at Man United and I know some will doubt it but we seen last night, he’s a different player to when he left. His football intelligence was fantastic last night.
“Great for the league, United needed a lift, can’t wait to see him again back at United.”
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Ronaldo has returned to Manchester early after a booking in the win over Ireland meant he is suspended for the upcoming qualifier against Azerbaijan. Portugal agreed to release him early from the squad instead of playing him in a friendly against Qatar.
He is expected to make his second debut against Newcastle in the Premier League on 11 September at Old Trafford.