Manchester United forward Cristiano Ronaldo has been voted as the Premier League’s Player of the Month for September.
The Portuguese superstar netted three times in as many league appearances over the course of the month in which he returned to England, ensuring he would top the vote and win the accolade for the fifth time in his career.
Ronaldo, of course, started his second spell at United in incredible style, scoring a brace against Newcastle United on his blockbuster return to the Theatre of Dreams. He then found the back of the net once again versus West Ham United in London as the Reds came away from the capital with three points, just over a week later.
To win September’s Player of the Month award, Ronaldo beat off competition from Manchester City full-back and international compatriot Joao Cancelo, Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger, Newcastle forward Allan Saint-Maximin, Watford winger Ismaila Sarr and Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah.
The prize winner is decided by votes from supporters on the Premier League website combined with an assessment from a panel of football experts.
Prior to picking up September’s accolade, the 36-year-old had won the award four times during his first spell at the club. In November and December 2006, our no.7 won it back-to-back following several stellar performances. He then, on course to helping United claim the title for a second successive season, started 2008 by claiming the Player of the Month for January award before winning it again two months later.
In March 2008, Ronaldo scored five times in the league in the space of just 14 days, becoming the match-winner against Derby County and a brace against Bolton Wanderers, as well as finding the net against arch-rivals Liverpool in a convincing 3-0 win before rounding off the month by scoring in a 4-0 triumph over Aston Villa.