Cristiano Ronaldo was the great figure of the group stage of the Euro2020 football, collecting records, but today, in the first game to eliminate, he did not ‘appear’ in Seville, in the clash of the ’round of 16′ with Belgium (0-1).
A free-kick that Courtois stopped in the first half, and passes that Diogo Jota and André Silva didn’t take advantage of, in the second, marked the rare appearances of the Portuguese ‘captain’ in the clash at the Estádio de La Cartuja, where he was unable to make a difference.
On a day ‘marked’ to overcome the 109 goals of Iranian Ali Daei and reach 110, in the 179th internationalization ‘AA’, Ronaldo fought, ran, was always unhappy, came after the ball, barafused, but didn’t do it. what Portugal needed, the goal.
The players who came closest to scoring were Rúben Dias, who headed violently against Courtois, and Raphaël Guerreiro, with a shot to the left post.
Cristiano Ronaldo said goodbye with a lackluster display at the European Championship, after a group stage in which he scored in every game, in a total of five goals, even though three of them were awarded from a penalty.
In addition to these three, the 36-year-old Juventus player also ‘pulled over’ a pass from Diogo Jota, after a long run from the Portuguese area, after cutting a corner, and completed a play of involvement, after a table with Rafa.
With five goals, two against Hungary (3-0), one against Germany (2-4) and a penalty double against France (2-2), Ronaldo went on to score 14 goals in Europeans, already five more in the than Michel Platini, second on the list, with nine goals from 1984, in five games.
The Portuguese ‘captain’ leaves Euro2020 as the best historical scorer of the finals and with the possibility of ending up as the ‘king’ of this edition, and, for now, he leads with one more goal than the Czech Patrik Schick (five against four).
In the competition being played in 11 cities in 11 countries, Ronaldo, increasingly serious in terms of the longevity of his career, also became the first player to play in five finals.
The current Juventus player is also highlighted in the table of games, with 25 – six in 2004, three in 2008, five in 2012, seven in 2016 and four in 2020 -, being chased by Pepe and João Moutinho, who today added 19 .
As for overcoming Ali Daei, he will have to wait for the 2021/22 season, which is already underway.
Cristiano Ronaldo entered the European Championship with 104 goals, five of the Iranian’s record, but scored twice right away, against Hungary (3-0), in Budapest, even though already very close to the end of the match, first in the 87th minute , penalty, and two at 90+2.
He took his time to score against the Magyars, against Germany, a team he had never won, scored in the 15th minute, served on a platter by Diogo Jota, in a goal that did not prevent, however, a heavy defeat by 4-2, and which reached threaten to take on other proportions.
In the third game, Ronaldo faced the team he had played the most times without scoring, but on the seventh attempt he doubled, thanks to two penalties, converted in the 31st and 60th minutes, the second to equal the historic 109 goals of There Daei.
Today, in Seville, it was hoped that he could isolate himself as the world’s top scorer for national teams, but he was left blank, just when that “couldn’t” happen.
Thus, Ronaldo closed the 2020/21 season with 46 goals, in 59 games – 36 for Juventus, in 44 games, and 10 for the Portuguese national team, in 15 –, for a total of 790 goals, in 1,093 official matches he has played since turned professional in 2002/03.
Source: Futebol 365 – Notícias by www.futebol365.pt.
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