Cristiano Ronaldo can score a hat-trick in every game in Saudi Arabia and it ultimately won't matter. He needs to return to Europe to justify his place in the Portugal national team and to prolong his legacy as one of football's greatest players of all time.
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After his explosive interview with controversial British broadcaster Piers Morgan last year, it was clear the five-time Ballon d’Or winner’s relationship with Manchester United had to end. In fact, it seemed that the sole purpose of the interview was just that – to break up what had become a toxic affair. In ending his long run of being left on the sidelines by manager Erik ten Hag, Ronaldo ultimately got what he wanted, while the Dutchman himself benefited hugely from the outcome too. One, the positive results that followed the Portuguese's departure justified Ten Hag's decisions, earning him respect from fans, pundits and journalists alike. Two, he no longer had an unhappy player on the bench to deal with during a good moment for the club.