Manchester United forward Cristiano Ronaldo has been named Premier League player of the month for September following his return to English football during the summer.
Ronaldo beat Mohamed Salah, Allan Saint-Maximin, Antonio Rudiger, Joao Cancelo and Ismaila Sarr to the September prize.
Ronaldo completed his transfer back to United on transfer deadline day at the end of August and made his second debut for the club after the September international break in a 4-1 win over Newcastle.
The 36-year-old scored in first half stoppage time of that match at Old Trafford, before doubling his tally to restore his team’s lead just after the hour mark. A week later he went on to score against in an away win over West Ham.
It is the fifth time that Ronaldo has won the Premier League’s player of the month award in his career. He won four during his first spell at United and remains among only eight players ever to have won in consecutive months, doing so in November and December 2006.
Prior to his latest gong, Ronaldo’s most recent player of the month was for March 2008, with a gap of more than 13 years until now. That duration since his last is the longest time between player of the month awards in Premier League history.
Voting is a combination of a public poll, a panel of experts and the choice of Premier League captains.