Ronaldo was playing for his country for the first time in 2020, having sat out of last week’s 4-1 defeat of Croatia. That result had prompted suggestions Portugal might be better in the absence of their talisman, but he set the record straight on Tuesday. Two goals – his 100th and 101st at international level – secured a 2-0 win, adding to a hat-trick at the same stadium as Ronaldo single-handedly defeated Sweden in 2014 World Cup qualifying. The Juventus forward said afterwards: “I didn’t follow the comments. It’s an opinion. “I knew I had left a mark at this stadium and I knew that, if I played, I would leave a mark again. I don’t care about provocations. 100 – Cristiano Ronaldo has scored his 100th goal for Portugal; he’s only the second ever male player to score 100+ for his national side, after Ali Daei for Iran (109). Landmark. pic.twitter.com/ElpBLRrGjQ — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) September 8, 2020 “What I have done in my career speaks for itself. No, I have to prove nothing to anyone, and when I have to prove it, I show it on the pitch.” On his milestone goal, Ronaldo said: “I am very happy. Firstly,… Read full this story
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