It turns out that Brady’s friend Cristiano Ronaldo may have unconsciously influenced his decision to get back on the playing field for another season!
In a clip that surfaced on social media, the Manchester United star asked the quarterback if he was done with the game, and he gave a rather interesting response.
Christiano Ronaldo May Have Influenced Tom Brady’s Retirement U-Turn
A clip surfaced on social media of Brady and Ronaldo having a conversation at the Old Trafford stadium following Manchester United’s win against Tottenham on Saturday, March 12.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers star made a trip to support his friend’s match and was in for a treat as the Red Devils’ player offered a spectacular performance.
Brady had no doubts that Manchester United would emerge victorious as he tweeted before the game, “Here we go! @Cristiano vs. @HKane. I might fist pump if you score Harry, but I’m riding with @ManUtd today.”
Ronaldo struck a hat-trick which earned his team a 3-2 win and boosted them into the fourth position before their rival Arsenal’s game on Sunday.
This win spelled another record-breaking night for the 37-year-old who scored the 805th, 806th, and 807th goals of his football career, making him the top goal-scorer in history.
The former New England Patriots quarterback must have been motivated by Ronaldo’s record-breaking performance and decided against hanging up his cape just yet.
SkySports uploaded a Twitter video from the Old Trafford pitch where Brady was likely congratulating the talented CR7 on his latest career milestone.
🗣 Ronaldo: “You finished?”
Did Tom Brady let slip his intention not to retire to Cristiano Ronaldo on the Old Trafford pitch? 👀pic.twitter.com/oTDFRKUa8x
— Sky Sports (@SkySports) March 14, 2022
In the clip, the Red Devils’ forward asked the Tampa Bay Buccaneers if he was “finished” with his sports career. This interaction seemed to be the first moment Brady reconsidered his retirement.
Upon hearing the question, the 44-year-old’s facial expression did not hint that he was ready to stop making his mark in the National Football League.
Ronaldo’s historic night may have whetted Brady’s appetite to make more memories touching down on the field, as he shared a clip of the Red Devils’ star cheering on his Twitter page.
The Blast disclosed that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers star announced he was out of retirement the next day, Sunday, March 13. This news further fueled the speculations that Ronaldo influenced his decision.
Brady broke the news on Instagram, heralding his 23rd season with Tampa Bay as a player rather than a viewer. He noted that he had been mulling over the decision for two months.
The athlete noted that he would eventually rest his cape, but the time was not here yet. He then expressed love to his teammates and supportive family, who made his decision possible.
Brady concluded, “I’m coming back for my 23rd season in Tampa. We have unfinished business, LFG.” His announcement raked in over 100,000 likes in ten minutes from fans who welcomed him back excitedly.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers Quarterback Announces Retirement
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On February 1, Brady announced he was officially retiring from football following a successful 22-season career and winning seven SuperBowl titles.
Brady, who first broke the news on Instagram, spoke about how his teammates and coaches know he has given his best to his previous games, but he had to make an important choice.
The 44-year-old noted that being an athlete comes at the cost of missing out on other aspects and experiences in his life. He said:
“As you get older, you experience things that are outside of the sport that demands attention and energy that football has always gotten, and it’s time for me to commit to those types of things.”
Brady noted that over the last ten years of his life, several things made him consider hanging up his cape, which he finally did in February.
The father-of-three and husband to Gisele Bündchen said, “in the end, felt like it was just the right time to do it.’
Well, the several things will just have to wait as the star swiftly left his retirement following Ronaldo’s historic match.