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Cristiano Ronaldo: Top three World Cup moments

Cristiano Ronaldo: Top three World Cup moments

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Cristiano Ronaldo: Top three World Cup moments

 

He has won four UEFA Champions League titles, three FIFA Club World Cups and a UEFA European Championship. But Cristiano Ronaldo’s relationship with the FIFA World Cup™ has not been as serene or successful as his career as a whole, and memories of Portugal’s group-stage exit at Brazil 2014 will be as fresh to him as they are painful.

England 0-0 Portugal, 1-3 PSO Quarter-final, 1 July 2006, Gelsenkirchen
A tense last-eight tie against the then Manchester United star’s adopted country was settled by penalties, with Ronaldo taking centre stage. Portugal, depleted by the bruising ‘Battle of Nuremberg’ against the Netherlands – which had included a record four red cards and 16 yellows, and denied them the likes of Deco and Costinha – went into that shoot-out confident, having beaten England on penalties at the European Championship two years earlier. And after Ricardo had thwarted Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher from the spot, Ronaldo stepped up to send a superb winning kick into the top-right corner. Portugal’s German adventure would end in the next round though, thanks to a solitary goal from Ronaldo’s current coach, Zinedine Zidane.
 
Portugal 7-0 Korea DPR Group stage, 21 June 2010, Cape Town
Incredible as it might now seem, given his scoring rate since, Ronaldo went into this match having not scored in a competitive match for Portugal in over two years. Shut out by Côte d'Ivoire in their opener, he saw six Portuguese goals come from elsewhere against Korea DPR before finally breaking through three minutes from time. Cristiano & Co duly qualified for the Round of 16, where they lost out to eventual champions Spain.
 
Portugal 2-1 Ghana Group stage, 26 June 2014, Brasilia
The 2014 World Cup was Ronaldo’s most disappointing to date, marked out by Portugal’s group-stage exit and a debilitating knee injury that restricted his performances. But having failed to score or make a significant impact on a 4-0 defeat to Germany or the 2-2 draw with USA that all but doomed his team to elimination, the Real Madrid star finally found the target against Ghana to seal victory with ten minutes remaining. Portugal bowed out all the same and their star man will hope to fare better at Russia 2018.

 

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