Cristiano Ronaldo raised his left arm and pointed to the sky after his goal for Manchester United on Saturday, giving the Portuguese star his 100th place in the Premier League competition.
The muted celebration unfolded five days after he and his partner, Georgina Rodriguez, announced the death of one of their newborn twins. Ronaldo did not play in Tuesday’s match while the pair mourned the loss.
The goal in the 34th minute from his left foot, while redirecting a deep cross from teammate Nemanja Matic, trimmed Arsenal’s lead to 2-1, but Manchester ended up losing, 3-1, at the Emirates Stadium in London.
Arsenal fans had stood and applauded Ronaldo in the seventh minute in a show of solidarity for Manchester United’s famous No. 7 days after the tragedy.
Ronaldo became the fourth player in Premier League history to score 100 goals for Manchester United. It came in his 223rd appearance in the EPL.
Other United players who have scored 100 goals for the club are Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Wayne Rooney, who each play in significantly more matches than Ronaldo.