Cristiano Ronaldo has staked a double claim to replace Bruno Fernandes as Manchester United’s penalty taker. The 36-year-old was ‘spot on’ for Portugal, twice, during the first half of their World Cup qualifying match against European minnows Luxembourg at the Algarve Stadium, in Faro.
Ronaldo scored from 12 yards in the eighth and 13th minutes, and Fernandes added a third from open play shortly after, bringing the Euro 2016 champions one step closer to Qatar. Since Ronaldo completed a spectacular return move from Serie A giants Juventus on deadline day, the question of who should take penalties for United has been a hot subject.
Fernandes has a perfect record from the spot, missing only four of his 42 tries. However, one of those came in telling circumstances before the international break at Old Trafford as Aston Villa sealed a priceless 1-0 victory over the Premier League contenders when Fernandes blazed over the crossbar deep into stoppage-time.
Ronaldo had totted up an 80 percent success rate prior to kick-off for Portugal against Luxembourg.
In front of his watching teammate, though, the former Real Madrid and Juventus superstar took his 140th and 141st penalties as a professional – and was successful both times. Watch and enjoy Cristiano Ronaldo unforgettable penalty moment compared to Bruno’