Cristiano Ronaldo returns to Old Trafford with his Juventus team to take on former side Manchester United in a UEFA Champions League. The Portuguese skipper will be going through a whole range of emotions when he graces the pitch. The reception he will receive from the fans is certainly going to be one of the standout themes of the night. Being one of the most iconic players of the club who has played his way into the clubs history, the emotions will be running high for Ronaldo. He posted a picture of himself at the club with the caption depicting the place is his home. His connection with the club and Sir Alex Ferguson, in particular, was visible during his briefing before the game.
In the backdrop of Cristiano Ronaldo’s imminent return to his ‘home’, we came up with a list of some of the top footballers and how their return to their former clubs panned out. Cristiano Ronaldo Denies Rape Allegations; Says “Truth Always Comes in First Position”
Cristiano Ronaldo ( Manchester United vs Real Madrid 2013)
It is not as if Ronaldo will play Manchester United at Old Trafford for the first time. The last time he visited the place with Real Madrid with Jose Mourinho as his coach, he knocked out Red Devils out of the Champions League. It turned out to be Sir Alex Fergusons last game in Europe with Real Madrid coming back from behind to clinch the tie 1-2. The sending off of Nani under controversial manner meant the game ended in a very sour note for the home fans. Cristiano Ronaldo did not celebrate his goal as a mark of respect and was clearly overwhelmed with the reception he received that night. EA Sports FIFA 19 Relegate Cristiano Ronaldo to a Minor Role in Their Latest Promo Video After Rape Allegations.
Thanks for the warm welcome. Always feel at home here. pic.twitter.com/Tr5gny5Z5A
— Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) October 22, 2018
David Beckham ( Manchester United vs AC Milan 2010)
Former England and Manchester United captain David Beckham was trying his best to make it to the 2010 World Cup squad with England and thus was on a loan spell at AC Milan. This also gave him an opportunity to return to his boyhood club Manchester United. One of the most iconic no 7 for the club, Beckham came on as a second-half substitute in a 4-0 drubbing of his Italian club. His arrival on the pitch made the fans go wild. His every touch was cheered as he created chance after chance from the flank. There were chants of ‘ There is only one David Beckham’ as he almost found the top corner with a sweet volley.
Frank Lampard ( Manchester City vs Chelsea 2014)
Frank Lampard is Chelsea’s greatest ever player after serving the club for thirteen years where he won numerous titles during his time at the Stamford Bridge. But destiny brought him to Manchester City on loan from New York City FC to face his former club. Coming on as a late substitute with his side trailing 0-1 at home, Lampard got on the end of a cutback and scored to level the tie. He was filled with emotions as his teammates celebrated around him. A vividly emotional Frank Lampard then went straight to the Chelsea fans section after the game who applauded their star man for his services despite the damage on the day. Cristiano Ronaldo Lawyer Denies Kathryn Mayorga's Accusations: No Rape, Sexual Encounter at Las Vegas Hotel in 2009 Was 'Completely Consensual'.
Alvaro Morata ( Real Madrid vs Juventus 2015)
Alvaro Morata signed for hometown club Real Madrid in 2008 when he was 16 and he credits his growth as a professional footballer to the efforts put in by the Los Blancos. So imagine what must be going through his mind when his goal at Santiago Bernabeu knocked bis boyhood club out of the Champions League. The sadness in his eyes as he moved away towards the center mark after scoring from a loose ball in the box was palpable. Morata showed great maturity for his age which just went on to show how much respect he had for Real Madrid.
Toni Kroos ( Bayern Munich vs Real Madrid 2018)
German midfielder Toni Kroos was a huge star at Bayern Munich but lack of opportunities meant he was off to Madrid. He made a return to Bayern Munich to haunt them with his brilliant passing game in a Champions League fixture. The fans showed their respect to the 2014 World Cup winning player right from his training sessions to the match. The Bayern Munich officials too were seen shaking hands with the star and also the players from his previous club. It is believed that the Bayern Munich board still looks back at the whole deal of letting Kroos go with great disappointment.
These were some of the stories of some of the big names returning to their former clubs. It just goes on to show how fans play a very important role in football and how the emotions run so high in the game.