The FPL debate between Romelu Lukaku (£11.5m) and Cristiano Ronaldo (£12.5m) is likely to endure long into the season. Luke Jerdy argues that the decision need not be so complicated.

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Ronaldo: the man for the big Occasion

There’s only one winner in the battle of the FPL premium forwards. I’ll tell you why it’s Cristiano Ronaldo (£12.5m).

89th minute. Portugal were losing 1-0 to Ireland. If it finished that way, Serbia and Luxembourg would have had the chance to leapfrog them. World Cup Qualification in danger.

Enter Cristiano.

A poor penalty and a largely anonymous game. Ali Daei’s international goalscoring record still to be penetrated.

Cross. Header. Goal. Record broken. But the best was yet to come.

You can say all you like about his ego (it is the biggest in the game) but this was about the team. He had just become the greatest goalscorer in international football. How would he celebrate? By running back to the halfway line, ready to kick off again. Ready to go for the winner.

96th minute. Cross. Header. Goal. Pandemonium.

This time the celebration was huge. Shirt off. A leap worthy of Michael Jordan. ‘SIUUU’.

He was booked for the trouble, meaning that he can join his new team in Manchester early. He would have missed the Newcastle game at Old Trafford without it due to the UK isolation rules (he has to isolate for 5 days upon arrival after the government denied an ‘elite sportsperson exemption’).

As things stand, he will have three days training with the team before his potential second debut.

The stage is set.

Lukaku: Great, but not as Great

Over in Estonia, Romelu Lukaku (£11.5m) was putting Belgium 2 and 3-1 up. A brace. The main man for his club and country. Goals galore. Remind you of anyone?

The comparisons are inevitable and the battle is on in FPL. Big Rom plays Aston Villa without Emi Martinez (£5.5m). Big Ron plays Newcastle with the 2nd worst xGC in the league.

251 goals in 508 appearances for Big Rom. 0.49 goals per game.
674 goals in 897 appearances for Big Ron. 0.75 goals per game.

Sometimes there’s no need to pore over every single stat. Sometimes FPL is simple. Pick the players who will score the most points.

Ronaldo writes his own scripts. And there’s one being drafted right now.

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