Cristiano Ronaldo poses for selfie with pitch invader after Juventus’ win over Man United as stewards tackle fans desperately trying to reach Portugal star
- Cristiano Ronaldo posed for a selfie with a pitch invader after Tuesday’s game
- Several Manchester United supporters stormed the pitch but one man got lucky
- Ronaldo grabbed his phone and took a snap as stewards tried to escort him off
- Paulo Dybala with only goal at Old Trafford
The stewards at Old Trafford had a busy evening dealing with pesky trespassers on Tuesday – their intended target? Cristiano Ronaldo.
The return of the prodigal son proved to be too much for some Manchester United fans to handle, so much so that a few stormed the pitch and risked a lifetime ban from watching home games just for a chance to say hi.
It only took a couple of minutes for the first chance to try his luck. He was swiftly dealt with by the stewards, but did manage to get a high-five of sorts off the Juventus star while he was being pinned down to the ground.
Clearly the Portugal star is still well thought of around these parts because this fan, by all accounts, is a die-hard United fan.
Dressed in head-to-toe in club gear, the man legged it on to the pitch at the end of the game with eyes locked in on Ronaldo.
He was stopped by those pantomime villains wearing Hi-Viz jackets in touching distance of the former United star.
But the 33-year-old rewarded the man’s bravery by quickly snapping a selfie with him before he was escorted off the pitch along with another fan who was desperately trying to get close to Ronaldo.
A priceless souvenir? Maybe. Will the man be thinking it was worth it this morning? Probably not.
He was not the first fan to get a selfie with Ronaldo on the pitch and probably won’t be the last. To the concern of security workers and stewards everywhere, the Juventus forward has actually given pitch invaders hope by posing for pictures with them on several occasions.
His return to Old Trafford on Tuesday was always going to attract some to try their luck; it was so anticipated and built up that the match itself was the sub-plot.
It turned out, as it usually does with these things, that Ronaldo – although as good as he was – was not the difference here.
Paulo Dybala’s goal after 17 minutes was enough for the Italians to leave Manchester with three points and all but guarantee their place in the knockout rounds of the Champions League.
For United and Jose Mourinho it raised more questions and more concerns after their mini revival – and that was all it was – came to a shuddering halt in front of their supporters.
Although this is Ronaldo, perhaps Tuesday’s events represents something telling about United’s current situation; that their fans would run on to the pitch to see him rather than one of their own?
That is for Mourinho and United’s players now to consider why that is the case.