Cristiano Ronaldo named Man Utd’s Player of the Year for record-equalling fourth time

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Cristiano Ronaldo has been named Manchester United’s Player of the Year for a record-equalling fourth time after a productive first season back at the club.

The Portuguese midfielder returned to Old Trafford in September and made a quick two-goal lead in his first two games against Newcastle United.

He went on to score 18 goals in the Premier League this season, only Mohamed Salah and Son Heung-min – both of whom have played five more games – could be better.

Ronaldo has scored 24 goals for United in 38 games in all competitions, including hat-tricks that have plagued Tottenham and Norwich City for years in the league.

After winning five United Player of the Month awards last season, the 37-year-old was named the team’s all-time leading scorer on Saturday, equal to David de Gea’s four-time winning streak.

The award is voted on by fans, and the player of the year award – won by De Gea earlier this week – is determined by United players.

Ronaldo has been named United’s all-time leading scorer in 2003-04, 2006-07 and 2007-08, before spending nine years with Real Madrid and three seasons at Juventus.

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