(The Mirror) There was something of an inevitability about Cristiano Ronaldo‘s brace on his return to Premier League football last weekend.
Ronaldo struck twice as Manchester United saw off Newcastle amid a wave of nostalgia at Old Trafford, where the Portuguese had returned after 12 years away from the club.
His goals saw him added to a list of the oldest scorers in Premier League history, with some 54 players having scored in the competition after turning 36.
But Ronaldo wouldn’t be Ronaldo if he thought just joining that group was enough, and he’ll now be eyeing a place at the very top of the list.
Of that list of 54, there are only four players who have managed to hit double figures after they turned 36, with Ryan Giggs and Peter Crouch both just missing out as they hit nine.
Other names to have scored in the Premier League after that age include Frank Lampard (6), Paul Scholes (5), Didier Drogba and Dennis Bergkamp (4), but Ronaldo will already be thinking of scoring many more than those greats.
He’ll have the top spot in his mind, and to get there he’ll have to get past this lot.