Manchester (CNN)Cristiano Ronaldo was the last player to leave the Old Trafford pitch, serenaded as he made his way to the tunnel by the Manchester United fans who had remained with a rendition of “Viva Ronaldo,” the adaptation of the Elvis riff once commonplace on these terraces a decade or so ago.
The Juventus star had not played on the ground where he first made his name since the Sir Alex Ferguson years. On this floodlit Champions League night in England’s north-west, he was warmly welcomed.
Street sellers sold scarves with his images and the words ‘The Legend Returns’ and, as he appeared for the warm-up, both sets of fans scattered inside the stadium applauded. Even after the final whistle a pitch-invader appeared to take a selfie with the former United player. He is seemingly still admired.