Ronaldo double scores against Liechtenstein
Watch Portugal vs Liechtenstein highlights, as Portugal scores 4-0 and presents defeat to Liechtenstein in the UEFA qualifiers round 2024. Christanio Ronaldo broke the men’s international appearance record on Thursday and marked the occasion by scoring twice in Portugal match against Liechtenstein.
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The 38 year old legend, who dropped from the Portuguese first choice in the world cup in the Qatar last year, won his 197th cap for his country in Lisbon.
As the first half concluded with one goal as Joao Cancelo took the lead for the Portugal, there was no goals in the first half by either side of the teams, Bernardo Silva took the chance for the second lead which gave double lead for the Portugal.
Ronaldo took a goal at 51st minute of the match by a penalty shoot. After continuing the penalty goal, he agains attempted to strike the goal in the 63rd minute of the match and eventually succeeded in it.
It was Ronaldo’s 120th goal for his country and made him the first man to score 100 times in the international games. He had given an interview after the match saying, “ Records are my Motivation”.
I wanted to become the most capped player in the history. That would make me proud. But it doesn’t gonna stop here, I still want to be called up very often.
Ronaldo’s journey over the career
Ronaldo made his international debut in 2003 and became the first man to score in five world cups last year before Portugal lost to Morocco in the Quarter finals.
He is currently playing for Saudi’s Al Nassr after an end to his career in Manchester United. Ronaldo Appearance off the bench in the defeat by Morocco equalled the Previous mark totally of 196 cap held By Bader AL Mutawa.
He left the field against Morocco with a weighted heart as it was a shocking defeat for Portugal. Since Leaving the world cup, Ronaldo has scored nine goals out of 10 matches for Al Nassr.
His replacement was just a temporary as Goncalo Ramos during the world cup, with the Benefica youngster scoring a hattrick ina last 16 win over Switzerland. But soon Fernando Santos as the new manager, brought back the legend in to the ground.
There was questions about his presence and fitness as he was 20 years in the international career as World cup kicks in 2024 as he will be 39 years old, by the start. For More Information Portugal vs Liechtenstein Highlights Visit UKsports.
Martinez insists in keeping Ronaldo
Martinez, who left his role as Belgium coach after the World Cup, has strongly defended his decision to keep Ronaldo in the fold.
“To be in the national team, you have to be committed,” the Spaniard said on Thursday.
“It’s a new cycle. It is very important that a player shows commitment and that he can use his experience.
“Cristiano has that: a lot of experience and a lot of commitment to the national team.”
Portugal made the perfect start to their qualification campaign with a straightforward win against Liechtenstein.
A powerful free-kick from the edge of the box flew through the hands of goalkeeper Benjamin Buchel to complete the scoring.
Ronaldo was substituted late on for Ramos, with the much expected changing of the guard put on the back burner.
Ronaldo adds the international appearance landmark to an impressive list of individual records.
He is the leading goalscorer in European Championship finals with 14 goals and has netted a record 140 times in the Champions League.
Ronaldo has also finished as the top-scorer in three of Europe’s top five leagues in England, Spain and Italy.
Portugal will visit Luxembourg in their second Group J qualifier on Sunday.
They have also been drawn alongside Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iceland and Slovakia.
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