Ana Maria Popescu
The date of publication: Saturday, April 16, 2022, 11:29 p.m.
Update date: Saturday, April 16, 2022, 11:47 p.m.
The victory for Ralf Rangnick’s team was carried by Cristiano Ronaldo, who scored three times in last Premier League encounter. The Portuguese opened the scoring in the 7th minute, on a pass from Elanga, with whom he celebrated his success, in characteristic style. Later, Ronaldo scored once more, in the 32nd minute, but the guests scored in the first minute of extra time in the first half.
Pukki equalized in the 52nd minute, but the Portuguese superstar came back on the ramp with a super free kick. Ronaldo hadn’t signed for the club for a free kick in two years.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s message after his 60th career hat-trick
A free-kick just outside the visitors’ penalty area after 60 minutes could have resulted in another goal, but Cristiano Ronaldo reached out and swung the ball over the bar. After the match, the Portuguese posted a message on social networks, showing himself satisfied with the milestone reached, but happier with the result.
“I am very happy with this victory and the fact that we are back in the Premier League. As I have said before, individual performance only has value when it helps us achieve our objectives as a team, and the 60th hat-trick of our career is all the more important as it brought us the three points.
Good job, colleagues, incredible effort from everyone. We don’t give up, we fight until the end!”, was the message posted by Cristiano Ronaldo on Instagram.
Incredible numbers on Cristiano Ronaldo
With the success of the match against Norwich, Cristiano Ronaldo reached 21 goals scored for Manchester United this season in all competitions, with 15 in the league. The Portuguese is the third player among the top scorers, with five successes behind Mohamed Salah.
The striker is the first player aged 36 or over manages to score at least 15 goals in a Premier League season. At the same time, Cristiano Ronaldo rose to third place in the number of goals scored from free kicks in the Premier League, with 12, 6 less than David Beckham and 5 less than James Ward-Prowse.