Portugal vs Spain
The Portugal icon scored his 100th and 101st goals for his country when club football last took to a backseat and there was the possibility to extend his tally with an all-Iberian clash on Wednesday.
That’s due to the fact that Ronaldo lined up against the very team he inflicted a well-known hat-trick upon at the 2018 World Cup, rescuing a point at the Russian tournament when it seemed difficult.
Portugal vs Spain
The 35-year-old had actually opened a dramatic 3-3 draw in Sochi with a clinical penalty, prior to benefiting from a David de Gea clanger and rounding things off with among his best ever free-kicks.
It was the umpteenth reminder that no matter how well you’re playing against a Ronaldo team, you’re only one or two moments of magic away from having the game turned on its head.
Sadly, , there were no signs of a Ronaldo masterclass during the early exchanges in Lisbon and Spain, in spite of failing to score throughout the first-half, were comfortably the more dominant side.
Ronaldo’s elite mentality
However, Ronaldo being Ronaldo, there was still time for him to make headlines with a moment that underpins exactly why he’s frequently referred to as the ultimate footballing machine.
Near adequate every teammate of Ronaldo’s over the decades has vouched for his elite attitude, mentioning how he arrives to training earlier than others and concentrates on every little point.
Well, that could not have been more than apparent than when the referee blew for half-time throughout Portugal vs Spain a couple of seconds too early with Ronaldo’s reaction being caught on camera.
Ronaldo complains to the referee
The Juventus super star couldn’t hide his disgust as he exchanged words with the official and indicated what was presumably a big screen that showed the premature time.
You can have a look at Ronaldo’s brilliant reaction down below:
Cristiano Ronaldo furious with the referee that he had finished the first half of the before the 45 minutes.
This man is something else. Unreal. ?pic.twitter.com/0yJFBRbu1Y
— The CR7 Timeline. (@TimelineCR7) October 7, 2020
Ronaldo is one of only 2 players, alongside Zlatan Ibrahimovic, to have scored in every single minute of regulation time in football history from the first to the 90th.
As a result, Ronaldo is probably the best player in the world to be complaining about such a bizarre time-keeping decision and it’s impossible to understand what difference it could have made.
Ronaldo shines for Portugal
One thing we do now, nevertheless, is that it didn’t stop Ronaldo from flying out the blocks in the second half and he came inches away from scoring one of his finest goals in Portugal colors.
The former Real Madrid player saw his blistering shot fly past Kepa Arrizbalaga, only for the crossbar to reject him the glory, which is the same fate Renato Sanches suffered soon after.
Ronaldo had actually created a glorious opportunity for his compatriot with a superb outside-of-the-foot, but the crossbar once again stayed result to keep the game poised at an exciting 0-0.