Portugal striker Cristiano Ronaldo scored his world record-extending 117th goal for his national team in the UEFA Nations League match against Switzerland. Ronaldo, who had a goal-drought for nearly nine months without an international goal, routed Switzerland 4-0 on Sunday.
Ronaldo was at his best against Switzerland as he scored twice in the game but missed two more chances before halftime, which could take his goal tally to 119. The Swiss goalkeeper Gregor Kobel got two good saves late in a lopsided League A game between World Cup-bound teams in Lisbon. Ronaldo’s first goal came in the 35th minute, as Diogo Jota placed him through, and Ronaldo cashed in the opportunity.
The Portugal skipper then doubled his tally in the 40th minute, pouncing on Gregor Kobel’s save with great aplomb. Looking at his win performing exceptionally well, Ronaldo’s mother, Maria Dolores dos Santos Aveiro, got emotional and was seen shedding tears. Ronaldo’s mother could be seen losing tears of joy as her son once again proved his worth as one of Europe’s greatest ever goalscorers. The video of Ronaldo’s mother getting emotional was widely shared on social media platforms.
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Taking to Twitter, the legendary striker lauded his team’s effort after the crucial win and stated that ‘it’s just a beginning.’ He wrote, “A significant victory in our journey, a lot of pride and confidence in this group, a lot of strength to give the Portuguese what we so desire: victories and convincing performances. The season is ending, but in fact, this is just beginning!”
Vitória importantíssima na nossa caminhada, muito orgulho e confiança neste grupo, muita força para darmos aos portugueses aquilo que tanto desejamos: vitórias e exibições convincentes. Parece que a época está a acabar, mas na verdade… isto ainda está só a começar! 💪🏻 pic.twitter.com/6NckZC9Eqn
— Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) June 5, 2022
Portugal’s striker Joao Cancelo and William Carvalho also scored as their team staked their claim as one of the favourites for the FIFA World Cup in Qatar later this year. A win for Portugal ensures they have four points from their opening two Group A2 games and are ahead of second-placed Czech Republic on goal difference. Switzerland is on zero after back-to-back losses and is now without a single win in their last four encounters since they qualified for the World Cup in Qatar.
Portugal will host Czech Republic in their next fixture on Thursday, while Switzerland entertains Spain in Geneva on the same evening.