The Manchester United striker scored his 16th Premier League goal of the season in the game with Arsenal at the Emirates, elevating a century into the English top flight
Cristiano Ronaldo has become the 33rd Premier League player to score 100 goals after finding the net for Manchester United against Arsenal.
The 37-year-old moved to 99 strikes in the English top flight after his hat-trick against Norwich City at Old Trafford last weekend. He was then absent from the clash with Liverpool following the tragic news that he and partner Georgina Rodriguez had lost their baby.
Ronaldo was on everyone’s mind on Merseyside, with all four Anfield sides rising to applaud the Portuguese, with the Kop singing a stunning rendition of ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’.
And the striker was back in United’s squad for Saturday’s trip to Arsenal for a game they must win to keep their slim top-four hopes alive. However, United got off to the worst possible start, finding themselves two goals down before the half-hour mark.
But as the game threatened to run away from the visitors, Ronaldo appeared in the box to bring United back into the game to score his 100th goal.
Ronaldo looked destined to end his Premier League career with a tally of 84 goals in 196 games during the six seasons of his first stint at the Theater of Dreams. But last summer, some 12 years after his departure, the footballing icon returned to the club, joining a two-year contract with Juventus.
And although collectively it has been a desperate season for Manchester United, Ronaldo has not lost his goalscoring touch and is by far the club’s top scorer. In total, he now has 16 league goals to add to the six he managed in just seven Champions League games.
And his latest sees him join an illustrious Premier League marksman club, which includes Alan Shearer, Wayne Rooney and Harry Kane. Ronaldo becomes the 11th player to appear for United to reach the landmark and the first for any team since Liverpool striker Sadio Mane mentioned him earlier this season.
His century of goals in 223 Premier League appearances, means he has a goals-per-game ratio of 0.45, which is slightly higher than his former team-mate Rooney at 0.42, but lower than Thierry Henry and Sergio Aguero , which achieved rates of 0.68 and 0.67 respectively.
Ronaldo, who is also the top scorer in the history of men’s international football with 133 for Portugal, netted the 60th hat-trick of his career in the win over the Canaries.
“Very happy with this win and getting us back on track in the Premier League,” he posted shortly after the game.
“As I’ve said before, individual achievements are only worthwhile when they help us achieve our goals as a team, and the 60th hat-trick of my career is all the more important because it brought us all 3 points. .”