Cristiano Ronaldo: Santos happy to advise star on future
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Cristiano Ronaldo has admitted Portugal winning Euro 2016 was the biggest trophy of his career. And that hints that he believes it’s given him the edge over Lionel Messi in the race to be the best player on the planet. The two have enjoyed a ferocious rivalry over the years, captivating world football in the process.
Few gave Portugal a chance of winning Euro 2016, especially when they were paired with host nation France in the final.
Ronaldo then went off early, crying as he left the field.
But a goal from Eder sent Portugal to the promised land, with Ronaldo orchestrating events from the touchline despite his injury.
Now, the 36-year-old has elaborated on that triumph and admitted it’s the best trophy he’s ever won throughout his career.
Obviously, Ronaldo has won more international tournaments than Messi. It’s definitely a feather in his cap when it comes to the debate over who the greatest player of all time is.
And Ronaldo, Official Global Brand Ambassador for LiveScore, said: “Well, the start of the UEFA European Football Championship 2016 was going well for me but then I was sad because I got injured [in the Final vs France].
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“By the end of the match I was crying with happiness!
“I experienced three types of feelings and emotions in that game, but at the end of the day it was unbelievable what I felt!
“It is probably the most important trophy that I’ve won in my life.”
Looking ahead to Euro 2020, which will finally take place this summer after being delayed a year ago because of the coronavirus crisis, Ronaldo admitted he was eager to win it again.
“I have spoken before about what an important moment that European Football Championship 2016 win was for the Portuguese team, and for the country,” he said.
“We were so proud to be able to bring the trophy home. It was very emotional.
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“To win it again would be incredible, and of course we go to the tournament with that as our ambition, we have a good team but also we know there are a lot of very strong teams there.”
Ronaldo was also asked about his greatest individual performance, admitting he loved netting a hat-trick against Spain at the 2018 World Cup.
“As I’ve mentioned before, it’s so difficult to mention just one performance having played well in so many games,” he said.
“It is really hard to choose, but I would say the games where you score three or even four goals are always special.
“For example, I’ll always remember my hat-trick for Portugal against Spain in the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
“The games that I remember the most are always the finals, like the UEFA Champions League Final 2017 vs my current club Juventus F.C., where I scored two goals.
“It is really hard to choose just one performance because I have been lucky to play in so many games.”
Ronaldo was asked to pick three games that have defined his career so far – but found that question hard to answer.
“It’s difficult to mention just one, or two, or even three games,” said the veteran.
“I have played so many games and have won so many titles.
“Of course, people expect me to mention the games in which I won major titles, and the best ones I can say have been the UEFA Champions League Finals, and the UEFA European Football Championship 2016 with Portugal.
“In both of these competitions you are winning an unbelievable trophy.”
He did admit, though, that his overhead kick against Juventus in 2018 was his favourite goal.
“As you know, I have scored 777 goals in my career,” he said.
“It is a bit unlucky but unfortunately, I have to mention that I scored my favourite ever goal against my current team Juventus F.C. and past my great friend Gianluigi Buffon!
“I would say that is my best and favourite goal that I’ve ever scored in my career.”
Cristiano Ronaldo is the Official Global Brand Ambassador for LiveScore. The LiveScore iOS and Android app is available to download now: https://www.livescore.
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