Cristiano Ronaldo proved Rio Ferdinand and Wayne Rooney right with Newcastle United double

By Liam Wood

If there were still any Cristiano Ronaldo doubters out there, they have well and truly been silenced now.

Having completed a sensational return to Manchester United on deadline day, the Portugal captain and five-time Ballon d'Or winner took centre stage at Old Trafford, once again, yesterday afternoon.

Indeed, it was like Ronaldo - who left the club for Real Madrid in 2009 - had never been away.

Opening the scoring against Newcastle United, the 36-year-old grabbed another during a 4-1 victory over the Magpies which saw Ronaldo fever go into overdrive.

Spoken about like no other signing in Premier League history, United fans and pundits knew what was coming - as did two of his esteemed former Old Trafford teammates; Rio Ferdinand and Wayne Rooney.

Speaking ahead of his second debut, ex-United captain and the club's record goalscorer Rooney said: "I think he's still one of the best players in the world. I think we've seen over the international break and the game with Ireland, that's what he does... last couple of minutes, scoring those two goals. They were two great headers.

"He can have a massive impact on this league and I think United are finally ready to go and challenge for the title. I really feel that they have to this year. He's going to be a big player, he will have very big moments this season and I am sure he will score a lot of goals."

Ferdinand added: "I don't think there has ever been a bigger signing in this country, in terms of the excitement it's generated and mileage across the media. It's been crazy, but that's what happens when you bring one of the greatest players ever to play the game back to English football. You are talking about the best of the best and he's right here, right now."

Ronaldo scored 118 goals and laid on 69 assists during his first spell with United - across 292 games - while he also won three Premier League titles, the 2008 Champions League and the first of his five Ballon d'Ors before taking his dazzling career to even greater heights in La Liga.

He is now a United player, once again, after three seasons in Italy with Serie A giants Juventus.

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