‘Give thanks to Cristiano for this!’: Twitter goes wild with conspiracy theories in the wake of NFL legend Tom Brady’s career U-turn… just hours after he watched Ronaldo score a hat-trick for Man United against Spurs from the stands
Twitter users believe that Tom Brady decided to come out of retirement after speaking to Cristiano Ronaldo following Manchester United’s win over Tottenham on Saturday.
The NFL icon confirmed on Sunday that he would be re-joining the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, just six weeks after announcing he was quitting the sport.
It is a stunning career U-turn from Brady, 44, who has won a record seven Super Bowl crowns across 22 glittering seasons.
Tom Brady met Cristiano Ronaldo after Manchester United’s win over Tottenham on Saturday
The quarterback was in attendance at Old Trafford on Saturday as Ronaldo scored a hat-trick to help United triumph 3-2 over Spurs.
Both the Red Devils and the Buccaneers are owned by the Glazer family, who Brady personally thanked in his retirement statement on February 1.
After the game, the two sporting legends met on the pitch as Brady congratulated Ronaldo on his hat-trick, which made him the all-time leading goalscorer in FIFA history.
44-year-old Brady has come out of retirement less than two months after quitting the NFL
Ronaldo scored a hat-trick against Spurs to become the all-time leading scorer in FIFA history
Following Brady’s career update, many supporters speculated that it was the Portuguese international who convinced him to return to the NFL.
‘Saturday: Tom Brady watches Cristiano Ronaldo score a hat-trick, Sunday: Tom Brady announces he’s coming out of retirement,’ CBS Sports Golazo tweeted.
‘Give thanks to Cristiano for this!’ a fan added. ‘Brady went to see him and at 37 Ronaldo scored a hat trick. After he and Brady talked and I’m sure he convinced him to come back.’
‘Tom Brady really came out of retirement after talking to Ronaldo,’ another said.
‘@Cristiano has that affect on people!’ comedian Conor Moore tweeted.
One fan wondered: ‘What did Ronaldo say to Brady??’
‘If Tom Brady went to watch Messi instead of Ronaldo he’d still be in retirement,’ another joked.