The signing of Cristiano Ronaldo has sent Manchester United fans into dream land. He’s played three times for them so far, scoring twice on his league debut, and adding another in the Champions League during midweek.
Three goals in three games has shown he still has it, but does he have enough to be the Premier League’s Golden Boot winner this season?
He’s just 11/4 with Betfred to do so, making him the second favourite behind Chelsea’s Romelu Lukaku. If he continues to score in the same vain as we’ve seen in his first two games, there will be plenty of people interested in using the best bookie offers to place their wagers on the Portuguese forward.
One of the biggest question marks hanging over Ronaldo is not the quality he has, but whether he can last the full season. He’s going to turn 37 during the season, so if he wins the golden boot, he will become the oldest winner of the award there has ever been in this league.
On top of that, there is also the question mark over how he will handle the Premier League. He played here as a youngster in the past, but hasn’t during his prime years, and now comes back as a 36-year-old to face one of the most physically demanding leagues in the world.
Will Ronaldo be able to deal with the pressure he is under from defenders, and not only that, but will he be able to keep fit, and playing almost every game during the season? He will need to if he is to win the Golden Boot, as there are many players in with a chance, who have proven their ability to handle the toughness of the Premier League.
Despite all of this, there will be opportunities in the Premier League for him, when United play against the weaker teams in the league. His debut against Newcastle was a prime example of a game where he can shine, Newcastle struggled defensively, and there are many other teams who will have the same problems against United’s attacking force. Don’t be surprised to look through the Manchester United news during the season and season them racking up big scores against teams, and if they do, with Ronaldo involved, his chances of winning the Golden Boot grow.
Pretty much every question surrounding Ronaldo is one he has answered in the past, albeit in weaker leagues that the Premier League. Over the past 15 years, he’s averaged 30 goals a season, which would be enough to win the Golden Boot, and probably, 25 would be enough this season.
With experience on his side, a desire to do well and a long history of scoring goals, it would be unwise to go against Ronaldo in his quest for the Golden Boot this season. It won’t be easier, this is a tough league, but as we’ve seen in the past, the bigger the challenge, the better this all-time great will play.