The Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo, currently playing for Al Nassr, has the potential to receive a gold medal for winning the English League Cup with his former club, Manchester United, according to Mirror UK. This news has sparked discussions among fans and experts alike, regarding the validity of Ronaldo's right to a medal despite not having participated in any of the matches during the competition.
EFL Rule 20.2 on the Awarding of Medals
The English League Cup has specific rules regarding the distribution of medals, and according to the EFL rule 20.2, "In addition to the Cup, the Management Committee shall present thirty souvenirs to the winning Club in the Final Tie; and thirty souvenirs to the losing Club in the Final Tie.
Additional souvenirs may be presented with the consent of the Management Committee but shall be at the cost of the requesting Club." This means that while Ronaldo is eligible to receive a medal according to the rules, the final decision rests with the winner of the competition, Manchester United.
The British media have reminded the public that Ronaldo and Manchester United did not part ways on bad terms, and it was a decision made by the leaders of Old Trafford to not send Ronaldo a gold medal.
Ronaldo's Success in the English League Cup
Despite not participating in any of the six matches played during the competition, Ronaldo has already won the English League Cup twice during his first spell at Manchester United.
The superstar now has the opportunity to add another gold medal to his CV, should the management committee of the League Cup and Manchester United agree to present him with one. However, the fact that there is nothing in the rules preventing Ronaldo from receiving a medal if Manchester United wins the Cup, it is unlikely due to the fact that he didn't play any of the matches during the run to the final.
Ronaldo has won many honors in his career, so not receiving a medal this time around likely won't bother him While Ronaldo's right to a gold medal in the English League Cup has been a topic of discussion among the British media and fans, the final decision remains with Manchester United and the management committee of the League Cup.
Regardless of the outcome, Ronaldo's success in the competition and his reputation as a top-tier footballer remain undisputed.
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