Is this how Man United will line-up after Cristiano Ronaldo's return?
Cristiano Ronaldo is back and he's primed to terrorise the Premier League again. Now it's up to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to mould a title winning team around the icon.The details are all confirmed – a £19.8million transfer from Juventus, a two-year deal with an option for another, £385,000-a-week wages and a medical completed in Lisbon on Monday.
A Bentley Continental GT once owned by Manchester United footballer Cristiano Ronaldo will be auctioned next month. © Provided by Motoring Research Cristiano Ronaldo Bentley Continental GT
The Continental GT Speed goes under the hammer at the 2021 NEC Classic Motor Show sale, run by Silverstone Auctions.
It’s your chance to purchase a car owned by a five-time Ballon d’Or winner, and all-time top international goalscorer.
On top of the world © Provided by Motoring Research Cristiano Ronaldo Bentley Continental GT
The Bentley Continental GT enjoys something of a cliched relationship with footballers. However, a combination of pace, luxury and all-round usability make its appeal easy to understand.
How does Cristiano Ronaldo usually start life at a new club?
Ronaldo will be hoping to build up some form before United's tough run of fixtures kick in next month. But how does the Portugal captain usually start after signing for a new club?Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be hoping the 36-year-old gets off to a flying start, with the Red Devils looking to maintain their unbeaten start to the season.
Ronaldo purchased the GT Speed during his first stint playing for Manchester United. The 2008 to 2009 season saw him score his 100th goal for the team, helping them to claim the Premier League trophy.
Such success, both domestically and in the 2008 World Cup, led to him being crowned the 2008 World Player of the Year.
We can only speculate whether the Bentley, which was delivered to the Portuguese forward in September that same year, helped inspire him on the pitch.
More bling, more power © Provided by Motoring Research Cristiano Ronaldo Bentley Continental GT
Ronaldo opted for subtle Sapphire Blue exterior paintwork for his Bentley. This is complemented by a Magnolia leather interior, with dark wood trim on the dashboard, plus drilled alloy pedals.
Cristiano Ronaldo takes part in first Man United training session
Ronaldo, who is back at Old Trafford after 12 years away, spent his hectic first day at Carrington with boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, and then moved on to some drills with his new team-mates.Superstar Ronaldo, who is back at Old Trafford after 12 years away, spent today at their Carrington training complex with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, and then moved on to some drills alongside his new team-mates.
Exterior changes for the Speed model included a new chrome grille and wider exhaust tailpipes.
However, the star of the Speed show was the upgraded twin-turbocharged 6.0-litre W12 engine.
Back of the net! © Provided by Motoring Research Cristiano Ronaldo Bentley Continental GT
Bentley did not simply up the boost from the turbochargers to gain extra performance. Upgraded cooling, new pistons, an improved exhaust system and a reprogrammed ECU were all added.
This pushed engine output from 552hp to 600hp, and boosted torque from 479lb ft to a thumping 553lb ft – enough to cut the 0-62mph time to 4.3 seconds.
Tipping the scales at 2,350kg, the GT Speed was certainly not a lightweight. A Premier League footballer’s salary would help with its running costs, too.
Second chance at success? © Provided by Motoring Research Cristiano Ronaldo Bentley Continental GT
Following Cristiano’s ownership, the car continued to have a Bentley main dealership service history until 2016. It was then placed into storage by the late vendor.
Bentley Continental GT Speed road test review
The flagship Bentley Continental GT Speed is an ideal car for exploring a disused nuclear weapons facility, as we discover.Rewind two years and the last Bentley event I attended was in Monaco. We stayed in the decadent Hotel de Paris on Casino Square and wafted along the Côte d’Azur in a then-new Flying Spur.
With Ronaldo now playing for Manchester United once again, he could perhaps be tempted to buy back his old car.
Should he so choose, he’ll need to be at the NEC on Saturday 13 November, ready to bid.
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