Cristiano Ronaldo’s first goal on Man Utd return in pictures
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Cristiano Ronaldo is set to disappoint Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer by refusing to retire from international football, reports say. The Portugal international has made 183 appearances for his country, netting 115 times in the process. But he’s showing no signs of slowing down, despite turning 37 in February.
United signed Ronaldo during the summer transfer window, beating Manchester City to the veteran’s signature.
And the Portugal international hasn’t disappointed so far, netting nine times from 13 outings so far.
Ronaldo is also still going strong when it comes to playing for his country, with the 36-year-old refusing to hang up his international boots.
And the Daily Star say Ronaldo is now primed to disappoint Solskjaer by refusing to call it quits.
It’s claimed by the publication that United are resigned to Ronaldo playing on with Portugal after next year’s World Cup in Qatar.
Despite his exploits, he’s still yet to win arguably the biggest trophy of them all.
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And Ronaldo has ‘no intention’ of quitting the world stage as he targets yet more silverware.
He also wants to become the first player to earn 200 international caps, with Portugal in pole position to reach Qatar.
United and Solskjaer had been hoping the forward would consider retiring from international football to focus on his club career.
Yet the former Juventus and Real Madrid star has other ideas and wants to continue to write his name into the history books.
Meanwhile, Ronaldo gave his shirt to a young fan who stormed the pitch during Portugal’s recent draw with the Republic of Ireland.
And the young girl in question has told The Sun of how the act materialised.
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She said: “Ronaldo turned around and saw me and told them (security) to leave me, he came over to me.
“I was shaking and crying.
“I asked him ‘can I have your jersey please, I’m a huge huge fan?’ And he said ‘okay’.
“When my Dad saw him taking off the shirt his face was in shock. I was thinking ‘Oh my god, this is my dream and it’s finally coming true’.
“That’s amazing news, it is so great. There was talk about me getting fined and my dad would have to pay it. Thankfully we don’t have to worry about that now.
“I wouldn’t have sold the shirt for the world! I wouldn’t have sold it in a million years! I’m going to get it framed and it’s going to go on my wall. I won’t be letting it out of my sight.”
And her father added: “The interest has been immense. The phone hasn’t stopped all day. Addison is like a celebrity now!”
“She is absolutely over the moon, she won’t let it leave her sight.
“She pulled some moves to get to him. She is quick for sure. She is playing great for Shelbourne. Addison is a striker. She is only 11 so she is playing for the Under-13s.
“She actually played with the Under-14s last week and scored a cracking goal from outside the box. She is well known in the club. Shelbourne want her to bring the shirt to the club and show it off. She deserves all the attention, she works hard.
“She’s doing great at Shelbourne but I have to say this is her best strike yet!
“He just asked her was she ok. Because the security guys were after grabbing her. He asked her ‘are you ok?’ And she said ‘yeah, yeah, yeah, can I have your shirt?’ And he gave it to her.
“She is in her element. I was going to work this morning and I stuck my head into her bedroom and there she was asleep with the shirt beside her on the pillow.
“She slept with it. She loves him, she absolutely idolises him. She is over the moon to get his shirt.
“She’s actually not a Man United fan, we’re big Arsenal fans but she just loves Ronaldo. She is Ronaldo mad.”
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