Olympic world record holder Usain Bolt believes that Manchester United forward Cristiano Ronaldo will play “until he is 42” and that he is on a different level.
The forward’s first spell at Man Utd came to an end in 2009. He has since had highly successful spells at Real Madrid and Juventus.
Over the years, he has won the Ballon d’Or on five separate occasions. He has also won the Champions League on five separate occasions.
The 36-year-old has now returned to Manchester United on a two-year deal from Juventus. He is in line to make his second debut for the club this weekend against Newcastle United.
Man Utd fan Bolt has been asked about the attacker’s return in an interview with BBC Sport. He believes that Ronaldo “is on a different level” than other players:
“It’s a massive deal to see him back.
“Cristiano [Ronaldo] demands a lot, so he will demand a lot from these players and it will only make them better. He’s on a different level, he is a machine.
“I think he will play until he’s 42 because he will always be so fit and on a higher level to a lot of the younger players because of the work he puts in and the dedication he has.”
“I think he’s still one of the best players in the world.
“I think we’ve seen in the game against Ireland that’s what he does, last couple of minutes he scores two goals, two great headers, so he can have a massive impact on this league.
“I think United are finally ready to go and challenge for the title, and I really feel they have to this year.
“[Ronaldo’s] going to be a big player, I think he’ll have very big moments in the season and I’m sure he’ll score a lot of goals.
“I follow Manchester United, I want them to do well, and I think it’s great for them that they’ve brought Cristiano back.
“His mentality will rub off on the younger players especially, so I think it’s great timing.
“I think Cristiano will know himself it’s not going to be as simple or as straightforward as it was in Spain or in Italy for him.
“It’s a physical league, he knows, he’s played in it, so I’m sure he’s prepared and he’s ready to go and score goals again for Manchester United.”