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UEFA Nations League: Cristiano Ronaldo’s eternity: (almost) scoring two decades in a row for Portugal

Even at the age of 37, he still cites his selection. He has scored on every course since 2004 and scored 115 goals in 186 games, making him the top international scorer in history.

Cristiano Ronaldo during his concentration with Portugal.Rodrigo AntunesEFE

There is no legend that does not draw a tear or that has had to be put aside by suffering. Cristiano Ronaldo, 37, is no exception. Yes, it is an indelible story because of its excitement and grandeur. Football is a memory, goals last for eternity. And in that art, when the red shirt is worn, of Portugal, there is another like him (who knows what will be). Since September 1 last year, there is no one on the planet who can see its stratospheric numbers as an international one. His double against Ireland, on his way to the World Cup in Qatar, allowed him to surpass Iran’s 109 goals Ali Dai, Tonight, step on Benito Willemern with that amazing record: 115 goals in 186 games.

A poor season for Cristiano, as such, translates into 18 goals in the premiere, only behind request You Huh (23), and six more in the Champions League with Manchester United. He has the worst league record since 2009, when he decided to travel to Madrid, even with the first of his five Golden Balls to shine. However, life, as always, hides (unpleasant) surprises that go beyond football. Exactly a month ago (April 21) she lost her sixth child. He could not play with his team against Liverpool due to the pain of defeat. Enfield will give him a night of love from afar.

We are talking about Cristiano, that skinny kid Luiz Felipe Scolari Made his debut for Portugal in 2003. He was 18 years old. We are also talking about the man who needed eight matches to open his international account and has not stopped since: he has scored for his national team for 18 years in a row. He made his debut in the opening match of Euro’04, in a victory against Greece. The finalist will draw his first tears in front of his people, with similar characters, dressed in red. Scolari Koch (2003-08), Carlos Queirozzo (2008-10), Paul Bento (2010-14) and Fernando SantosIn this position since 2014, CR7 has been climbing the stairs in the heat of those 115 goals.

“What an injustice!”

In Luis Enrique’s Spain, there are still traces of his teammates and rivals, among whom he served as a Real Madrid footballer during his time in the league. carvajal, Asensio, injury, Buskets You jordi alba, For example. Some were on that famous afternoon in Cape Town during the Round of 16 of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Cristiano looked up to the sky in search of an explanation. Or that night at the Donbass Arena in Donetsk, today in an unfamiliar corner because of the war, when he exclaims the unforgettable roar: “What an injustice!” He had elected to shoot a fifth penalty in the semi-finals of Euro’12, but Spain won before it was their turn. They also oppose some of the people who saw him thrashing thrice. surname, in the group stage of the 2018 World Cup in Russia, which ended 3–3. Tonight will be their eighth chapter against the Spanish team. The ground on which it had exploded.

He’s 37 years old, yes, but his sense of smell is foreign to wrinkles. And in the case of Cristiano, many more. As he works out in his gym between cryotherapy and millimetres, he is still determined to fight tirelessly against time and prolong that aura of immortality. committed to continue the path of zlatan ibrahimovicFor example, with whom he duel on the Solna grass in 2013, a spectacular ‘hat-trick’ to end Portugal’s ticket to the World Cup in Brazil.

The legends, naturally, have some streaks of tears. It will simply disappear. His, in 2016, became happiness. He was injured in 25 minutes in the European Championship final against France and blasted off the bench in extra time on Portugal’s most spectacular night. Three years later, after the semi-final treble against Switzerland, they saw the first League of Nations victory live. The same competition, recently with their selection for the World Cup in Qatar, has called them up again with Spain. His relations with Portugal are still pending.


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