‘I was his big critic before now’ – Arsenal legend Paul Merson backtracks and admits Manchester United star is a genius

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Former Arsenal player, Paul Merson, has eaten his words, and admitted Cristiano Ronaldo is a football genius.

Merson was one of those who criticised Manchester United when Ronaldo was signed in the summer, as he believed Harry Kane would have been a better option.

But Ronaldo has been the difference for Man United this season, with nine goals across all competitions since his arrival, and on Tuesday, he again, showed why he is regarded as one of the best in the world, as his brace helped us secure a 2-2 draw against Atalanta.

Speaking on the Portuguese’ late goal on Tuesday, Merson told the media, “It’s got to be one of the best finishes of all-time; it’s just out of absolutely nothing.

“He didn’t touch the ball in the second half. Not through his fault, he just didn’t get the service. But it comes to him and there’s no snatching at it, he hits through the ball perfectly.

“It’s absolutely phenomenal and his first goal was brilliant as well.

“I was one of the big critics. I was one who wasn’t sure about him coming back. But if you give him chances, he will score goals. Thirty-six or 46, it doesn’t make any difference, he will finish.

“If you took away his two goals tonight, he’s a two out of 10. But his two goals are phenomenal and I’m lost for words.”