The Red Devils superstar has shared an emotional New Year’s message to fans which highlighted his achievements in 2021 and his hopes for 2022.
Cristiano Ronaldo has admitted he is ‘not happy’ with how his return to Manchester United in 2021 went in what he described as a ‘far from easy year’.
The 36-year-old sealed a sensational return to Old Trafford last summer from Juventus. Despite his 12-year absence, CR7 has settled back in quickly. In only 15 games, in fact, he has supplied eight goals and three assists in the Premier League and Champions League.
Team results, though, haven’t gone the way Ronaldo hoped. United’s patchy form has left them trailing leaders Manchester City by 19 points down in sixth-place in the Premier League. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer lost his job in November, with Ralf Rangnick replacing the manager on an interim basis at the beginning of last month.
Ronaldo also played under five different coaches – Andrea Pirlo, Massimiliano Allegri, Fernando Santos, Solskjaer, and Rangnick – in 2021 with two different clubs – Juventus and Manchester United.
However, he took heart from his achievements in the past year and urged his United teammates to adopt a ‘stronger mentality’ in 2022 in a kind of New Year’s resolution.
— Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) December 30, 2021
Ronaldo’s message in full
Taking to Instagram in the late hours of New Year’s Eve, Ronaldo posted: “2021 is coming to an end and it was far from being an easy year, despite my 47 goals scored across all competitions.
“Two different clubs and five different coaches. One Euro Final Stage played with my National Team and one World Cup Qualification left pending for 2022. At Juventus, I was proud to win the Italian Cup and the Italian Supercup, and become the Série A Top Scorer. For Portugal, becoming the Euro Top Scorer was also a high point this year. And of course, my return to Old Trafford will always be one of the most iconic moments in my career.
“But I’m not happy with what we are achieving in Man. United. None of us are happy, I’m sure of that. We know that we have to work harder, play better and deliver way more than we are delivering right now.
“Let’s make this New Year’s Eve a turning point of the season! Let’s embrace 2022 with a higher spirit and a stronger mentality. Let’s take us above and beyond, let’s reach for the stars and put this club right where it belongs! Join us, we’re counting on all of you!
“Happy New Year and see you soon!”