Joao Felix praises Cristiano Ronaldo's help behind the scenes for Portugal

Cristiano Ronaldo started as Portugal beat Czech Republic 4-0 on Saturday night, providing an assist in the win.

Ronaldo’s display up front was further sign of his evolution as a team player, a role he is embracing for club and country, despite the goal recently drying up.

Portugal star Joao Felix was quoted by Mais Futebol praising the impact and help Ronaldo is having on and off the pitch.

He said: “He always greets those who arrive. Welcome them and give us tips. He helps in training, but also off the field, when we’re at the table and everything. He always gives tips and helps us in whatever we need.”

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Ronaldo praised by Joao Feliz

In addition to receiving praise from £113 million Atletico Madrid forward Joao Felix, Ronaldo was also praised by Portugal manager Fernando Santos.

Speaking after the 4-0 win over Czech Republic, Santos told Mais Futebol: “He did his job. The first part was brilliant, including him. 

“If he hadn’t made the passes he did, the goals wouldn’t come. He’s happy we won. We won and we won well.”

Ronaldo created three goalscoring chances in the win, attempting four shots at goal, but it wasn’t his night to add to his 117 international strikes.

United teammates Diogo Dalot (2) and Bruno Fernandes were both on the scoresheet in the win.

Ronaldo only has one goal this season, a penalty against Sheriff Tiraspol. The international break will help him with his match fitness and sharpness, and there is one game to go.

Portugal face Spain at home on Tuesday night, with Luis Enrique’s side reeling from a 2-1 defeat to Switzerland.

Ronaldo’s side have a two-point lead at the top of their UEFA Nations League Group and will need to avoid defeat against Spain. Ronaldo would love to get one over on his old foes.

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