Cristiano Ronaldo is expected to fly back to England on Thursday rather than later on in the international break, according to reports in Portugal.
The 36-year-old joined Manchester United from Juventus on Deadline Day, but was already training with the Portuguese national team as domestic proceedings are temporarily paused.
United paid £25million for his services, but has yet to be properly unveiled at Old Trafford as the forward has to wait until September 11 to mark his homecoming.
However, due to events that happened during Portugal's 2-1 victory over the Republic of Ireland on Wednesday, Ronaldo will be in Manchester earlier than anticipated.
Ronaldo scored twice despite missing a first half penalty, and became the mens all-time top goalscorer in international history , which caused a wild shirtless celebration deep into injury time.
Not only did the goal win Portugal the qualifier, Ronaldo achieved this incredible personal accolade, but as per the rules, he was booked for removing his shirt which will now see United's new signing miss the next international qualifier due to suspension.
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Ronaldo was originally expected to be properly presented on September 8 after Portugal's match against Azerbaijan, but due to the forward's suspension, he is free to fly to Manchester, with the star not expected to feature in the friendly against Qatar anyway.
According to RTP, Ronaldo is extremely focused on starting training at United as soon as possible due to the physical demands of the Premier League, and these views were validated after the 36-year-old spoke to the media following Wednesday's win.
Ronaldo told Brazilian outlet TNT Sports: "It’s going to be beautiful. I want to prepare well because we know the Premier League is very difficult.
"This was my first game of 90 minutes. I felt a little difficulty. But little by little, things are coming out."
This could potentially give Ronaldo even more time to prepare for his expected debut at home to Newcastle on September 11, but the 36-year-old has already shown just what he can produce despite his age.
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