Portugal boss Fernando Santos raves about Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo extended his international goal record last night with a brace in Portugal’s 4-0 win over Switzerland.
He now proudly sits on 117 international goals, and is a long way from being ready to call it quits.
Ronaldo even set up Portugal’s first goal, when his free-kick was parried into the path of scorer William Carvalho.
He almost had a chance to net a hat-trick late on, when Portugal had a penalty appeal go to VAR, but it was not awarded.
‘Nothing out of the ordinary’
Portugal manager Fernando Santos spoke to Mais Futebol about Ronaldo after the game at his press conference.
He reiterated his stance that Ronaldo is the best footballer in the world, but also said that by the Manchester United star’s standards, scoring a brace was just routine for him.
He said: “The captain is the best in the world. He arrives. When you say he’s the best in the world… how many more words are needed? I’ve said this I don’t know how many times.
“These exhibits are nothing out of the ordinary. Support from fans? He’s captain of the team, he’s the ultimate example.”
The point Santos makes is a sound one. When you set such a high bar, it really takes something special to be extraordinary.
Ronaldo scored 24 club goals this season at the age of 37, which was pretty remarkable, and yet, it hasn’t really had the attention he deserves because of the team’s poor performance. If anything, Ronaldo has had more than his fair share of criticism to go along with the praise.
But when you are a player who has set impossibly high standards in his career like Ronaldo, like scoring 61 goals in a single season, and winning five Ballon d’Or awards, this goes with the territory.
Portugal have another game against Switzerland next week, after a match against Czech Republic in between, and Ronaldo can add to his extraordinary international goal tally.
Manchester United fans would rather Ronaldo got a break after a long season – but when there are goals to be scored and records to be extended, you won’t catch the superstar resting if he can help it.