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Cristiano Ronaldo will not have the same impact in the Premier League as he did before, says Simon Jordan, because of Serie A’s lack of physicality.
The forward is making a sensational return to Old Trafford, 12 years after the five-time Ballon d’Or winner left for Real Madrid.
Since his 2009 departure, the 36-year-old has taken his trophy count to 30 major honours, the last five coming for Italian giants Juventus.
Ronaldo scored 101 goals in 134 games for the Old Lady, 81 of them finding the net in Serie A to be Europe’s third-top goalscorer last season.
But Jordan, who owned Premier League side Crystal Palace for 10 years, believes that CR7 will struggle to make she shift from Italian to English top-flight football.
Speaking on the White and Jordan programme, the pundit said: "It's one thing playing in Italian football, which I know is very defensively-minded and technical but it isn't as physical."
Ronaldo scored 118 goals in nearly 300 appearances between 2003 and 2009 for United, helping them win three Premier League titles and a Champions League.
But the 53-year-old does not think he will able to perform against some of the league’s bigger sides in his second stint at Old Trafford.
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"We will see what Ronaldo does,” Jordan added.
“I don't think Ronaldo's going to put the fear of God into Virgil van Dijk. He will probably put the fear into Crystal Palace or Wolves or Burnley or Brentford or Newcastle United.
“If you've got big occasion players that are playing against proper centre backs- we will see whether Ronaldo is still able to turn the screw at a level that I question he'll be able to do at."
The forward sent his first message to the United faithful on Tuesday, sharing images on Instagram and emphasised his desire to win titles for the club again.
In an emotional Instagram statement, the 36-year-old said: “History has been written in the past and history will be written once again! You have my word!”
Ronaldo’s first game back in the famous red shirt is expected to be the home clash against Newcastle on September 11.
- Cristiano Ronaldo
- Premier League
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