Portugal pundit hails 'goalscoring machine' Cristiano Ronaldo

Portugal thankfully rested Cristiano Ronaldo for their final UEFA Nations League game after playing him in the previous three.

Unfortunately, they just aren’t cut out to succeed without Ronaldo. They were beaten 1-0 by Switzerland after conceding a goal just 30 seconds into the match.

It was a totally different story a week ago when Ronaldo scored two goals to lead a 4-0 victory over the Swiss in the home match.

Just like Manchester United struggled without Ronaldo last season, Portugal have the same ongoing problem.

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Goalscoring machine

Former Portugal player Hugo Almeida spoke to Bola Branca after their defeat to discuss the team’s reliance on Cristiano Ronaldo.

Almeida said: “Ronaldo is a goalscoring machine, he’s the best player in the world. It’s not just words, he shows it on the pitch.

“The national team has players with a lot of quality who can score goals, but yesterday the ball didn’t want to go in. Unfortunately for football fans, Ronaldo won’t last forever and is missed when he’s not there.”

At 37, Ronaldo is still going strong and is able to make an impact at international level. His tally for Portugal sits at 117 goals now, after his brace last week.

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Portugal reliant on Ronaldo

Portugal will be reliant on him at the upcoming World Cup later this year, and Manchester United have to bear this in mind too.

United need a goalscorer who can take the pressure off Cristiano Ronaldo next season, and this is going to be necessary, with Ronaldo not getting a break at the World Cup.

For comparison, City and Liverpool stars Erling Haaland and Mohamed Salah will be resting up through November after Norway and Egypt failed to qualify.

It’s just one more reason why United need to get a move for a goalscorer done this summer, once fixes are in place for other more pressing positions in midfield..

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