Fernandes out to help Ronaldo re-write record books as Man Utd star of the present aids one from the past

Bruno Fernandes, Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal
The Red Devils midfielder is an international team-mate of the Juventus superstar and wants to see him become the top marksman of all-time

Bruno Fernandes is looking to help Cristiano Ronaldo re-write the record books, with a Manchester United star of the present hoping to see one from the past become the greatest goalscorer in the history of international football.

A five-time Ballon d’Or winner is not far away from hitting that mark as the latest round of Nations League action saw Ronaldo take his remarkable tally of efforts for Portugal to 101 through 165 appearances.

Only one man now sits above him at the top of a notable chart, with Iran legend Ali Daei having plundered 109 goals for his country.

Chasing down another entry in the history books has become a priority for Ronaldo in what has already been a remarkable career.

He is now 35 years of age, but is showing no sign of slowing down and time remains on his side.

The Juventus superstar can also count on the assistance of those around him when it comes to adding another stunning achievement to his glittering roll of honour.

Fernandes is another key part of Portugal’s plans and the United midfielder is determined to help his illustrious countryman clear a hurdle that few could dare to dream of taking on.

The Red Devils talisman told United Review of Ronaldo: “101!  For me, and I think for most of the people now, it’s normal. You see when someone watches the games, if he doesn’t score, for everyone, it is a bad game because, normally, he always scores.

“You wait for a goal from him or for him to do something different. Of course, I’m really happy to have a chance to play alongside him and I hope he can achieve the record he wants, for sure.

“Maybe I can help him to achieve that record with the national team.”

It may be that Ronaldo sets another record with no fans in attendance to witness the occasion.

The hope is that supporters will soon be allowed back into stadiums, albeit with record capacities to start with, with Fernandes admitting that football loses something when there is no atmosphere.

He added: “I think I feel this [support] a lot on social media.

“We have a lot of fans of Manchester United and I can feel all the love they have to give you on social media, on the streets and everywhere really.

“I think, now, the most important thing is for everyone to be healthy and, as soon as possible, everybody will be able to come to the stadium. Football without fans is not like a football game, you know. I sat with Cristiano to talk about it after the game with the national team.

“It’s like streets without cars. It’s not a street.

“I don’t know how to say it but we need to have fans in the stadiums. I don’t know how but I think it will be important for everyone – for the players, for the game, for the fans. It will also be important for them. I hope it’s sooner rather than later when we can have the fans back at the stadium.”