Prior to his match for Portugal against Spain this past weekend, Ronaldo had a sum total of only three World Cup goals to his name. It’s a record that was used to critique his potential impact at the competition this year, especially given the fact that he’s 34 and one would’ve expected his best years to be behind him.
Contrary to all that doubt, though, he went on to have possibly one of his best games ever in a Portugal shirt against an impressive Spain side:
He started with a third minute penalty (that he himself won), followed it up with a snap shot from the edge of the box that Spain’s keeper De Gea mishandled, and capped the evening with an impeccable free-kick that no keeper could save.
Considering the fact that Portugal are currently the defending European champions, and that Ronaldo was instrumental in that win, too, there’s likely a growing sense of confidence in the team. Very few commentators gave them any hope at the Euros, but they went on to win that tournament.
Considering that the two favourites Germany and Brazil both had disappointing opening matches – at this early stage, Portugal look like potential dark horses. Can Ronaldo create another piece of history for his country by taking them to their first ever World Cup trophy?