It didn't take long for Cristiano Ronaldo to give Manchester United fans a case of déjà vu. For the 119th time in his career — but the first since he re-joined the club — Ronaldo scored a goal for Manchester United.
The goal came at the 45-minute mark during the team's game against Newcastle. Ronaldo played a ricochet off the goalie and tapped the ball into the net for an easy goal.
The goal gave Manchester United a 1-0 lead.
It didn't take long for Ronaldo to add his 120th career goal with Man U. With the game tied 1-1, Ronaldo once again gave his club the lead after getting past Newcastle's defense and shooting the ball between the goalie's legs.
— NBC Sports Soccer (@NBCSportsSoccer) September 11, 2021
Manchester United cruised from there, scoring two more goals — one by Bruno Fernandes and one by Jesse Lingard — to win the contest 4-1.
Cristiano Ronaldo returns to Manchester United
Ronaldo initially joined Manchester United for the 2003-04 season. Ronaldo remained with the team until the 2001-10 season, when he joined Real Madrid. During his time with Manchester United, Ronaldo emerged as one of the best players in the world. He scored 118 goals in his first stint with the club.
After leaving Real Madrid, Ronaldo joined Juventus. He played with the team for four seasons. Ronaldo reportedly asked to leave Juventus during the transfer window, opening the door for his return to Manchester United.
Group flies banner supporting Ronaldo rape accuser
Not everyone was happy with Ronaldo’s debut with Manchester United on Saturday.
Level Up, a gender justice group, flew a plane with a banner over the stadium on Saturday in support of Kathryn Mayorga — the woman who accused Ronaldo of rape in a 2009 incident in Las Vegas.
☄️ We flew a plane over the Man United football ground and our message is simple: Believe Kathryn Mayorga.
Let’s say NO to the culture of silence around abuse from the football community. Pledge your solidarity with Kathryn & survivors: https://t.co/YZgcxou75E pic.twitter.com/jvGVOBYTIP
— Level Up (@we_level_up) September 11, 2021
Mayorga, who came forward publicly in 2018, is in the middle of a civil suit against Ronaldo and argued that she wasn’t in the right mental state to sign a non-disclosure agreement in 2010, per ESPN. Officials in the United States haven't said that they won’t prosecute Ronaldo criminally in the case, as the allegations “cannot be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.”
Ronaldo asked for the lawsuit to be dismissed in June.