3 Scary Liverpool Concepts

Kylian Mbappe (Photo: AFP) The LaLiga champions have pulled off comebacks against PSG, Chelsea and now Manchester City in the knockout-stages, securing an unlikely place in the final on May 28 against Liverpool in Paris. In the next 106 days, Liverpool will play a minimum of 19 games in all competitions, but if they are able to go all the way in the FA Cup and Champions League, they will have to play another eight.

Under the tutelage of Sir Alex Ferguson, Ronaldo developed into the complete footballer and athlete, winning three league titles and a Champions League, and cementing his status as a United legend, along the way. The Portugal international became one of the greatest players in the world during his first stint at Old Trafford, playing a pivotal role in the club lifting three successive Premier League titles from 2007 to 2009, as well as winning the Champions League and his first Ballon d’Or.

Upon completing his second transfer to Old Trafford, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner told United fans the club has “always had a special place in my heart.” His former team-mate and now manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said: “You run out of words to describe Cristiano.

Barcelona were rattled, the usually steady Ter Stegen booting one ball straight into the stands, only for Messi to give Atletico a reality check, his driving run past six chasers opening the space for a shot, but Oblak tipped it wide. However, he has endured a difficult relationship with managers, teammates and the fans – and with only one La Liga title and one Champions League win to his name, his time at the club has often been overshadowed by his fierce rivalry with Barcelona and Lionel Messi.

Sir Alex convinced him to stay at United for one more year, enough time for him to help the Reds win a third consecutive Premier League title and become world club champions in Tokyo and, on a personal level, be crowned Ballon d’Or winner for the first time, aged 23. After playing in a second consecutive Champions League final, as United were beaten by a brilliant Barcelona side in Rome, Ronaldo bid farewell to Manchester and moved to Madrid.

Once a new regulation becomes law, it takes as much time and energy to repeal it as it took to create it. Along the way, he helped the Spanish giants to achieve the much sought-after La Decima – their 10th European Cup, in 2014 – and win 15 major trophies in total.

Major League Soccer consists of 24 teams, 3 of which are from Canada and the rest from the U.S. Major League Soccer does not have a pro/rel system like the Premier League. Few moves in football history have been as celebrated. Guillem Balague, respected football journalist and expert on the Spanish game, provides the definitive account of what has made Ronaldo the player and man that he is today.

Ronaldo moved away from his home and family on the Portuguese island of Madeira to join Sporting Lisbon’s academy and he made his first-team debut as a 16-year-old. He was being courted by several clubs, most notably Arsenal, when Sir Alex Ferguson decided to bring the talented teenager to Old Trafford after the Reds visited Sporting for a pre-season friendly in August 2003. Still spindly but with jaw-dropping footwork, Cristiano made such a great impression in that game, United’s players on the flight home called for him to be signed.

Dissenting voices like Wilson’s were washed away in a sea of goat emojis after Ronaldo’s second United debut, which produced delirious roars of joy at Old Trafford as he scored twice in a 4-1 victory over Newcastle. Comparisons between the two developed throughout Cristiano’s first season at Old Trafford.

He could frustrate as much as he excited, his undoubted ability yet to be polished by the United coaching staff, but he ended the season with a goal in the FA Cup final against Millwall to win the first of nine trophies in six years. The Portugal international – soon to be named captain of his country – scored decisive goals time and time again in both competitions, including our only goal in the Moscow final as the Reds were crowned kings of European club football.