Cristiano Ronaldo says there “are no limits” for Manchester United after his hat-trick helped them beat Tottenham Hotspur.
Ronaldo’s first United hat-trick since 2008 earned his club a 3-2 win and took his overall career goal tally to 807 – with some claiming that saw him break a world record for goals scored.
“Tremendously happy with my first hat-trick since I came back to Old Trafford!” the Portugal forward wrote on Instagram.
“Nothing beats the feeling of being back on the pitch and helping the team with goals and effort.
“We’ve proven once again that we can beat any team in any given day, as long as we work hard and stand together as one. There are no limits for Man United! No matter what! Let’s go, Devils!”
The performance came a week after Ronaldo missed the Manchester derby amid suggestions he had flown to Portugal, having been told he was dropped.
United boss Ralf Rangnick subsequently rejected the allegation and said the 37-year-old had been ruled out with a hip injury.
However, after what the German described as Ronaldo’s best performance “on and off the ball” since he came to the club as interim manager in November, he wondered if it was worth repeating the player’s build-up.
“We were just joking that maybe it makes sense to send him to Portugal for three days, then have him not train for two and then have him back, by the way he performed on a similar kind of level on Thursday in training,” said Rangnick.
“I decided after that training session to play him today even though he has not trained for a week. Maybe we have to do that for the rest of the season.”
Ronaldo’s impact at United has been questioned as their season has unravelled.
Yet only Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah has scored more than the 37-year-old’s 12 Premier League goals and no United player has scored more than half his overall total of 18 in all competitions.
Midfielder Paul Pogba has no doubts about Ronaldo’s value to United.
“He has never been a problem,” said the France international.
“If you have the best striker in history in our team, it cannot be a problem. Today he showed why he is Cristiano Ronaldo. The performance from him and all the team was very brilliant.”