Finally, Manchester United forward Cristiano Ronaldo has made his return to social media after failing to turn up to pre-season training.
The 37-year-old forward posted a shirtless photo of himself working with weights on Thursday with a caption ‘Hard work’ in all caps.
The Portuguese wasn’t among the players who reported back to Carrington last Monday ahead of the pre-season tour, citing a ‘family issue’ and that triggered different reactions among teammates.
HARD WORK 💪🏽 pic.twitter.com/NBxQI0TuL6— Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) July 14, 2022
So far it is quite unsure if this update is not addressing any of the various speculations surrounding the Portuguese future at Old Trafford.
Ronaldo is running out of options to leave Old Trafford before the window closes with Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich and Chelsea all out of the race.
On another note, Serbian star Luka Jovic has hinted that Cristiano Ronaldo is his main source of inspiration after moving to Serie A from Real Madrid.
Ronaldo became a Real Madrid legend during his nine-year spell at Santiago Bernabeu. The Blancos’ top-scorer of all time left the club to continue his career at Juventus in 2018.
Jovic’s achievements in Real Madrid are not comparable to that of the CR7. But he hopes a move to Fiorentina will help him rediscover his best form.
“I am inspired by Cristiano, he is the greatest of all time and I hope I can do what he did in Italy,” Jovic said.
“I’ve never played in Serie A. But I have experience in Europe and I think we have the qualities to go far.”
Real Madrid signed Jovic on a €60m deal from Eintracht Frankfurt in 2019. He made 36 league appearances for the Blancos, leaving the club with only three goals to his name.
Jovic added: “I always played better with two strikers, but in Frankfurt we played with three and in Madrid also with one. I’m just saying that I have to help, the rest is the coach’s job.
“I’ve been training all summer and I think I’ve come here fit – I just have a little calf problem that doesn’t bother me.”