Cristiano Ronaldo After setting his world record against the Republic of Ireland on Wednesday, he introduced his second Manchester United squad against United in Newcastle on September 11, six days earlier than originally planned, from the Portuguese national team.
Ronaldo, who completed his 15 million transfer from Juventus to United on Monday, beat former Iranian striker Ali Day to score his 110th and 111th goals for Portugal at the national team level. 2-1 Qualifying for the World Cup against Ireland in the Faroe Islands.
But a 36-year-old yellow card issued by Slovenian referee Matej Zak after Ronaldo removed his shirt as he celebrated his second goal was suspended for Tuesday’s qualifier against Azerbaijan.
Ronaldo planned to play that game and was friendly against Qatar in Hungary on Saturday, but with the goal record already preserved, Portugal coach Fernando Santos released the player from his squad for a meeting with Qatar so he could fly to Manchester and extend their preparation to Newcastle at Old Trafford.
This decision saves Ronaldo from two trips to Eastern Europe and will be seen as a huge boost for United and manager Ole Gunner Soulscare.
Ronaldo did not play for United after losing to Barcelona in the 2009 Champions League final in Barcelona, soon after setting a world record 80 80 million for Real Madrid.
But after his first United debut against Bolton in August 2003, he had trained with Soulscare for at least a week before making his second debut against Newcastle.