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'Ronaldo is finished' - Manchester United star mocked by fans after firing blanks against Omonia Nicosia

6:45 pm AEDT 7/10/22
Cristiano Ronaldo of Manchester United vs Omonia.
The 37-year-old was handed a start but could not find the back of the net against the Cypriot outfit at GSP Stadium

Manchester United forward Cristiano Ronaldo has been criticised for a goalless display in their 3-2 Europa League victory against Omonia Nicosia on Thursday.

The 37-year-old was handed a start by manager Erik ten Hag at GSP Stadium after sitting on the bench in the 6-3 Premier League derby demolition against Manchester City last Sunday.

The Dutch tactician played Ronaldo as a lone striker with Jadon Sancho, Bruno Fernandes and Brazilian Anthony playing behind him.

However, a double from substitute Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial, who also came on, gave the Red Devils the Group E win after trailing 1-0 at half-time.

The performance of Ronaldo, who assisted Rashford's opener and missed two clear-cut chances, has elicited debate amongst African supporters on social media, with a section claiming the Portuguese player deserved a goal against the Cypriot outfit.

  • Cristiano Ronaldo Manchester United Europa League 2022-23

    Ronaldo is finished

    I think they have to put the ball on the goalline for him to push it into the poles before he can score. He should stay on the bench till he leaves. Man United could've score seven goals if he didn't play. Players tried everything for him to score but he wasted all chances. Ronaldo is FINISHED! - Alexander D'Great

    Ronaldo is a finished product - Sagacity Mishael Onyedika

    I admit it today for the first time - My idol is finished! 😥 - Legend Abdoul

    Lol they did everything for him to score but he did not 🥴🥴🥴😂 Totally finished 🥴🥴 abeg make him retire 🥴😂 He owes football nothing 🥴🥴🥴😏 - Future King

  • Marcus Rashford Anthony Martial Cristiano Ronaldo Manchester United 2022-23

    Ronaldo was unlucky

    He really tried, he seems unlucky, it can happen to anyone, but he will surely come back to his scoring form. At least he was able to create an assist for the last goal. - Collins Okechukwu

    His performance today [Thursday] was outstanding. Just so unlucky to have a goal today but was able to make an assist. He's still very fit. - Blameless Uwumagbe

    Ronaldo did everything right today [Thursday]. Even as a Messi fan, you have to admit that. It's just one of those days the goals just don't come - Quame Baron Uhtred

  • Cristiano Ronaldo Manchester United Omonia Nicosia 2022-23

    Age is catching up

    Cr7 is aware age has caught up with him but he is afraid to leave now, seeing that there's no one to fit in his shoes & continue with his great achievement. - Owahlo Lucio

    Abeg, make he go rest. He's trying his best but no the body is not getting any more younger. - Mulero Abidemi Ezekiel

  • Cristiano Ronaldo of Manchester United.

    Ronaldo needs to retire

    He is embarrassing himself, he made history, now he is destroying it. Poor Ronaldo, retire my boy. - Ganizani Kachingwe

    He’s just finished with his career. Time to say goodbye - Nana Kwame Ankomah

    He should retire. His main days are over 😢 - SwiftMedia Naija

    Benchnaldo is a finished player, he needs to retire now. How can YOU miss to score from such a position? 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 - Homiie El Chappo

  • ONLY GERMANY Cristiano Ronaldo Manchester United 2022

    Depressed Ronaldo?

    Banter Aside, Cristiano Ronaldo is passing through a lot. If you are a real football fan, you will be able to tell in his style of play. Man can't even Jump anymore or run after ball aggressively anymore. This is not about age. If you ask me, i think this is depression 🥺 #CR7 - @iam_Kingbuchi

    Cristiano Ronaldo has lost confidence and power these days. He’s depressed but I hope he will be back 🔜#CR7𓃵- @YKamakei

    I think people forget that this Ronaldo lost his son. Which has a big psychological effect on any one #CR7 - @Kulani_SA

  • Benni McCarthy training Cristiano Ronaldo at Manchester United.

    Ronaldo was poor

    My friend, did you watch the game? Dude had lots of easy chances to score but just couldn’t. Don’t use the stats to make it look like he played well but was just not lucky. He simply was very very poor full stop! - Ben Meniscus

  • Cristiano Ronaldo Lionel Messi 2022-23

    Achieved too much

    The way media has gone after CR7 cos he is having a difficult time has been embarrassing and unprofessional. They cant even hide their bias. It’s ridiculous. Messi didn’t even get hounded like this last year when he wasn’t doing too well. CR7 has achieved too much to deserve this. - @WillieWinehouse

  • Cristiano Ronaldo Manchester United 2022-23

    Ronaldo deserves respect

    I have come to prove no matter what you do in this life, you will never be able to please people. I mean after all what Cristiano Ronaldo did, people are still making fun of him for not scoring. OMG what's wrong with us Human?? This man deserves all the respect. - @NurdeenMaldeen

    Most of the critic's of the GOAT where still in diapers when he stepped up to the pitch, now he's 37 and his work rate is 10 times bigger. People should give him the respect he deserves. - @rizkah07

  • Erik ten Hag Cristiano Ronaldo Manchester United

    Stand with Ronaldo

    I stand with you Cristiano Ronaldo my greatest of all time. So unlucky today [Thursday]. The sun will shine again #CR7. - @AdidasAdido

    Some of us ain't giving up on you at all. No matter how rough the season becomes, we right here with you. #CR7 - @Macvey4

    #CR7𓃵 forever my GOAT. The comeback will be deadly I know. Sending hugs and positive energy 🤗 - @banda_santika

  • Cristiano Ronaldo Juventus

    Ronaldo will score soon

    It's okay. He will score next time. Ronaldo ain't shy of scoring. We all in one way or another enjoyed his brilliance! - @nyange_gs

    Goal drought sometimes happens to the best of striking footballers. Soon he will get back to scoring ways! - Mathew Oyeniyi

    He’ll get back to his best... he experienced same difficulties during his start with Juventus and guess who went ahead to smash records. - @IkeaElvis