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Is 2022 the worst year of Cristiano Ronaldo’s immense career? The question deserves to be asked as CR7 experienced huge disappointments and was at the heart of controversy during the second half of the year (from August to December). And yet the Portuguese’s first part of the year had gone more or less well.
Convincing first months before the descent into hell
Cristiano Ronaldo’s start to 2022 with Manchester United is off to a good start. The only problem is that the Red Devils are not playing well and are showing tremendous nervousness in defence. The Mancunian club are quickly left behind and out of the race to qualify for the Champions League at the end of the season. Ralf Rangnick, the interim manager of Manchester United, has not been able to get his team to play well, which has a series of ups and downs. Despite this, Cr7 continues to score. On 12 March, he scored an incredible hat-trick against Tottenham, enabling the Portuguese to become the top scorer in football history, beating Bican (805 goals in all competitions). On April 16, the five-time Golden Ball winner scored his 50th hat-trick in his career and at the same time became the first player in history to reach this bar. Cristiano Ronaldo ends the Premier League season third in the scoring charts (18 goals in 30 games), just behind Mohamed Salah and Son Heung-Min (23 goals for both men). Manchester United finished 6th in the English Championship, 13 points behind Tottenham, who were fourth and last to qualify for the Champions League. This is where Cristiano Ronaldo’s career will change completely.
The Portuguese wants to compete in the Champions League and is therefore asking to leave the club. Having dropped out of resuming training with the Red Devils at the start of July, the Portuguese claims he is not here due to family issues. He returns to Manchester on July 26. Having failed to agree a deal with a club competing in the Champions League (Bayern Munich, Atlético Madrid and Sporting were the hot spots), CR7 is forced to stay with the Red Devils. The new coach Erik ten Hag gives the Portuguese no gift after his various setbacks. The five-time Ballon d’Or winner hardly starts a game (only 5 periods in 16 Premier League games) and the situation is becoming more and more strained between Cristiano Ronaldo and the Mancunian leaders. At the beginning of November, the former Juventus player gave an interview to Piers Morgan, where he explained that he felt let down by Manchester United. A shock interview that will have the effect of a bomb. On November 22, the Red Devils announce the termination of CR7’s contract. A sad end in Manchester for the club’s legend.
A frustrating final World Cup for CR7!
The top scorer in the history of the Portuguese national team is about to play his fifth and final World Cup at the age of 37. The World Cup started in the best possible way for Cristiano Ronaldo, who scored from the penalty spot in the first pool match against Ghana (success 3-2). He also becomes the first player in history to score at least one goal in five different World Cups. New holder against Uruguay and South Korea, CR7 fails to find the net, but Portugal qualify for the knockout stages without problems.
But against all odds, Fernando Santos decides to leave the Portuguese star on the bench against Switzerland. Seleção atomizes Nati (6-1). Gonçalo Ramos substitute Cristiano Ronaldo scored a magnificent hat-trick. It is therefore logical that the five-time Golden Ball is again on the bench during the quarter-final against Morocco. CR7 comes on in the 50th minute but cannot prevent his team’s defeat. Portugal is therefore beaten by the Atlas Lions (1-0), and the legend of Real Madrid returns to the dressing room in tears. Undoubtedly one of the strong images of this World Cup. It is also not said that the center forward plays about in selection. This defeat sounds like a final slap for Cristiano Ronaldo.
2023, first professional year outside Europe for CR7!
On December 30, Al-Nassr officially announces the signing of Cristiano Ronaldo for two seasons. The Portuguese signs the biggest contract in the history of football, as he will receive almost 200 million euros per season (including commercial agreements). He also becomes the highest paid sportsman in the world. CR7 was due to play his first match with the Saudi club soon (possibly January 5 against Al Taee). Now coached by Rudy Garcia, however, the five-time Ballon d’Or could cross paths with a certain Leo Messi, his eternal rival. A friendly between Al-Nassr and PSG should actually take place on January 19. After his two seasons in Saudi Arabia, Cristiano Ronaldo will be almost 40 years old, hard to imagine him returning to Europe for one last challenge. Nevertheless, nothing is still impossible with the Portuguese legend…
Is 2022 the worst year of Cristiano Ronaldo’s immense career? The question has the benefit of being asked as CR7 has experienced huge disappointments and has been at the heart of controversy during the second half of the year. , the World Cup quarter-final failure against Morocco and his signing at Saudi club Al-Nassr.