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Cristiano Ronaldo's last match for Manchester United - Who were his teammates and where are they now?

9:48 AM IST 30/08/21
Manchester United, Champions League 2009
The last time Cristiano Ronaldo donned the Manchester United shirt was on May 27, 2009 in the Champions League final against Barcelona...

In a sensational development, Cristiano Ronaldo returned to Manchester United after a gap of 12 years. In 2003 he had joined the Red Devils from Sporting Lisbon as a teenager and left the club in 2009 to join Real Madrid.

After playing at Real Madrid and then Juventus, the Portuguese superstar has now returned 'home'. During his first stint with United, he won three Premier League titles and a Champions League trophy. He had also won his first Ballon d'Or award while being at the club. 

The last time Ronaldo played for Manchester United was on May 27, 2009, in the final of the 2008/09 Champions League against Barcelona. The Spanish giants won the tie 2-0, courtesy strikes by Samuel Eto'o and Lionel Messi to bag their third Champions League title.

Let us take a look at the players who played alongside Ronaldo the last time he donned the Manchester United shirt and where they are now?

  

  • Dimitar Berbatov, Manchester United, Europa League, 02232012

    #1 Dimitar Berbatov - Sub

    The Bulgarian forward joined Manchester United from Tottenham Hotspur in 2008 and played at the club for four seasons. After leaving the Red Devils, he played for clubs like Fulham, AS Monaco, PAOK. In the final year of his professional career, he played at Indian Super League (ISL) club Kerala Blasters. He retired from professional football in 2018.
  • Carlos Tevez Carling Cup Final match between Manchester United Tottenham 2009

    #2 Carlos Tevez - Sub

    The Argentine forward joined Manchester United from West Ham United in 2007 and played at the club for two seasons before joining city rivals Manchester City in 2009. Thereafter, he played at Juventus, Chinese Super League (CSL) club Shanghai Shenhua and Boca Juniors. At the end of the 2020/21 season, Carlos Tevez announced that he would leave the Argentine club.

  • Paul Scholes Manchester United

    #3 Paul Scholes - Sub

    A Manchester United academy graduate and a club legend, Paul Scholes, like Ryan Giggs, played at Manchester United throughout his life. After his retirement in 2013, Scholes along with the members of the Class of 92, Ryan Giggs, Nicky Butt, Phil Neville and Gary Neville bought Salford City in 2014. In September they sold a 50 per cent stake to Singaporean businessman Peter Lim.

    In 2015, Scholes along with Phil Neville became caretaker managers of Salford City. In 2017, he joined PVF Football Academy as their technical advisor.

    The English became the manager of Oldham Athletic in February 2019 but left his role within a month. In October 2020, he took over as the interim manager of Salford but left in November after the appointment of Richie Vellen as the club's new coach.

  • Wayne Rooney Manchester United

    #4 Wayne Rooney - LW

    A Manchester United legend and former captain, Wayne Rooney joined the Red Devils in 2004 from Everton and played at the club for 13 years. In 2017, he returned to his former club Everton for a season before moving to MLS side DC United where he spent a season.

    In August 2019, Rooney returned to England to join Championship side Derby County as player-manager and in January 2021, he retired from professional football and became a full-time manager at the club.

  • Cristiano Ronaldo Manchester United

    #5 Cristiano Ronaldo - ST

    The Portuguese superstar spent six seasons at Manchester United from 2003 to 2009. In 292 matches for the Red Devils, Ronaldo scored 118 goals. He won a host of trophies at United, including three Premier Leagues, one FA Cup and a Champions League title.

    He left United to join Real Madrid in 2009 where he spent nine seasons before moving to Juventus. After three seasons at Turin, Ronaldo has now come back to Old Trafford.

  • Park Ji-Sung Manchester United

    #6 Park Ji-sung - RW

    Asian football great Park Ji-sung joined Manchester United in 2005 from PSV Eindhoven and remained at the club until 2012. He then went on a two-year deal to Queens Park Rangers but spend the final of his contract and professional football career on loan at Eindhoven. 

    After retirement, the South Korean star worked as a sports commentator. In January 2021, he joined K-League giants Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors as an advisor.

  • Ryan Giggs Manchester United Eirik Bakke Leeds United 2004

    #7 Ryan Giggs - CM

    A one-club man and a legend at Manchester United played for the club for 24 years. Ryan Giggs is the most-capped Manchester United player of all time with 936 caps under his belt.

    Giggs was appointed as the player-cum-interim manager of Manchester United in the final four matches of the 2013-14 season after David Moyes was sacked. It was also his final season as a professional footballer.

    After retirement, he immediately became the assistant manager under Louis van Gaal and remained in that position for the next two seasons.
    In 2018, Giggs was appointed as the manager of the Wales national team a job which he quit in April 2021 due to personal reasons.

  • Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick

    #8 Michael Carrick - CM

    Michael Carrick joined Manchester United in 2006 and remained at the club until his retirement from professional football in 2018. After retirement, the English midfielder has been serving the club as a first-team assistant coach. He worked with Jose Mourinho and now Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

  • Anderson Manchester United

    #9 Anderson - CM

    The Brazilian midfielder joined Manchester United at the age of 19 in 2007 from FC Porto and remained at the club until 2015. During the 2014/15 season, Anderson was sent on loan to Fiorentina.

    After leaving the Red Devils, he played at Brazilian clubs Internacional and Coritiba. From 2018 to 2020, he played at Turkish second division club Adana Demirspor before retiring from professional football in September 2020.

  • Patrice Evra Manchester United

    #10 Patrice Evra - LB

    The French full-back joined Machester United in 2006 from AS Monaco. He spent the next eight seasons at the club before moving to Juventus in 2014 where he played for three seasons. Evra returned to England for one last time in his career in February 2018 when he joined West Ham United on a free transfer. He retired from professional football in 2019.

  • Carragher's Man Utd XI Nemanja Vidic

    #11 Nemanja Vidic - CB

    The Serbian defender joined Manchester United in 2006 from Spartak and played at the club for eight seasons. After leaving the Red Devils in 2014, he spent two seasons at Inter Milan before calling it a day in 2016.

  • Rio Ferdinand Manchester United

    #12 Rio Ferdinand - CB

    One of the finest English central defenders of all time, Rio Ferdinand joined Manchester United in 2002 from their rivals Leeds United for a record transfer fee of £30 million at that time.

    Ferdinand went on to play for 12 years at the club after which he joined Queens Park Rangers for a year in 2014 and retired from professional football in 2015.

    He's working currently as a TV pundit among numerous other roles.

  • John O'Shea Man Utd

    #13 John O'Shea - RB

    A Manchester United youth product, John O'Shea made his professional debut for the club in 1999 and remained at the club until 2011. In between, he was sent on loan twice to Bournemouth and Royal Antwerp in 2000 and 2001 respectively. O'Shea moved to Sunderland after leaving United. 

    He last played for Reading before retirement in 2019. After retiring from football, he took up a job as a first-team coach at Reading.

  • Edwin van der Sar

    #14 Edwin van der Sar - GK

    The Dutch goalkeeper joined Manchester United in 2005 from Fulham. He played at the club until 2011 after which retired from professional football.

    After retirement, he joined Dutch club Ajax as their marketing director in November 2012. In 2016, he was promoted to the role of CEO of the club.