After much observation, Manchester United legend, Rio Ferdinand has come out to share a prediction on what he expects to happen to forward Cristiano Ronaldo after the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
No doubt, the Portugal captain has been struggling to replicate the energy he brought to Old Trafford in the first season of his comeback era.
Ronaldo has scored just three goals in all competitions so far this season for the Red Devils.
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Ronaldo was unable to score in Man United’s last Premier League defeat to Aston Villa at Villa Park last weekend.
However, Ferdinand, a former teammate of Ronaldo at Man United, believes the 37-year-old might come back to Old Trafford in a better condition after the World Cup.
“Time will tell this season when you look at the end of the season in terms of goals and what he’s given back to the team,” Ferdinand said on Vibe with Five.
“Listen, there’s peaks and troughs in the season, there’s ups and downs in terms of form. Cristiano Ronaldo, right now, isn’t hitting the net like you’re accustomed to seeing with Cristiano.”
He added: “The thing is as well, he’s probably fighting for fitness right now, not to be giving him an excuse. If he goes to the World Cup and plays, he might come back in a better condition than when he left. You don’t know.”