Ronaldo ‘proud’ after shaking off Salah to win POTM

Date published: Friday 8th October 2021 5:23 - Dan Butterfield

Manchester United forward Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo has won the Premier League Player of the Month award for September, meaning he has won the trophy at the first time of asking since his return to England.

Ronaldo was one of six players up for the award with he general consensus that he and Mohamed Salah were the favourites. Both players scored three goals in three games, however, Salah’s Liverpool team came out with the greater points return.

Ronaldo’s international team-mate and Manchester City defender Joao Cancelo was also up for the award as was Chelsea centre-half Antonio Rudiger. Newcastle United forward Allan Saint-Maximin and Watford winger Ismaila Sarr rounded out the competition.

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However, it was the Portuguese forward who took the victory, his first Premier League Player of the Month award since March 2008. This is his fifth award in total.

The player has since took to Twitter to thank his new teammates for their help in securing the award.

“Proud to be elected Player of the Month among so many great players in the Premier League,” said the 36-year-old.

“Thanks to all my teammates at Man United, couldn’t have done it without them. Let’s keep working hard and the results will come!”

Despite Ronaldo’s personal form, the team has struggled for results, dropping points against the likes of Everton and Aston Villa in recent weeks as well as losing at Young Boys in the Champions League.

Now, Ronaldo is keen for his current employers to delve into the transfer market once again to lure his former teammate, Federico Chiesa, to the club. 

Calciomercato (via Sport Witness) has claimed that Ronaldo ‘wants’ the Red Devils to splash out on the Italy international as soon as possible.

And agent Ivan Reggiani, who appeared as a guest on the website, claims that a pursuit from Man Utd for Chiesa would be “heavily supported” by Ronaldo.

“I think there are very serious and important foreign pressures on him. Appreciated across the Channel [in England], he is heavily supported by Cristiano Ronaldo,” Reggiani said.

“I think Federico can leave Juventus very soon. It can easily exceed one hundred million. There are not only United: there are 2-3 clubs that could reach €120-130m (£102-£110m).”

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