Ronaldo surpasses Rooney’s record at Man Utd
BrotherOn May 12, Cristiano Ronaldo received the Premier League Player of the Month award for the sixth time, when he was honored for April 2022.
Ronaldo beat eight other candidates, including Nathan Collins, Kevin De Bruyne, Bruno Guimaraes, Gabriel Jesus, Son Heung-min, Thiago and Leandro Trossard, to receive the award.
This is the second time the Portuguese striker has been the best player of the month in the English Premier League this season, after September 2021. In the early stages of dressing Man UtdRonaldo has won this title four times.
With six awards, Ronaldo equals former Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard’s achievement, and breaks the record of five times won by former teammate Rooney in a Man Utd shirt. Only Harry Kane and Sergio Aguero – with the same seven – have won more times than Ronaldo.
At 37 years old, Ronaldo is the oldest player to win this individual award, having broken the 36-year age mark set by himself earlier in the season. In addition to the two best titles of the month in the English Premier League, Ronaldo was also twice voted Man Utd’s best player in March and April.
In April 2022, Ronaldo sublimated when he scored five goals in four matches. He hit 100 Premier League goals in a 1-3 loss to Arsenal, and scored his 50th club hat-trick in a 3-2 win over Norwich. The other goal was scored by CR7 in the 1-1 draw with Chelsea in the penultimate match at Old Trafford. However, Ronaldo’s brilliant form did not help Man Utd prosper, when he only won four points from five matches.
Ronaldo scored 18 goals in the English Premier League this season, a record that no 37-year-old player has touched in the history of the tournament. He is currently third on the list of top scorers, behind Son Heung-min (20 goals) and Mohamed Salah (22 goals). In addition, Ronaldo also has six goals in the Champions League.
But Ronaldo’s goalscoring form does not help Man Utd qualify for the Champions League next season, and may even have to play in the Europa Conference League. Man Utd is currently sixth with 58 points, three points and one game ahead of West Ham. They will fall to Saturday, if West Ham beat Man City in the 37th round of the Premier League on May 15. In the last turn, Man Utd was a guest of Crystal Palace, and also met Brighton.
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