07 July 2016

Cristiano Ronaldo inches closer to Ballon d'Or

Leading Portugal to title would be the crowning glory

Adaptation of Paulo Futre's comment piece by me in MARCA

There are no words, it's been incredible; finally we won a game inside 90 minutes at this European Championship!

It may well be the case that Cristiano Ronaldo is not at 100%, but he can be decisive at even 50%.

The first half was a real tactical battle and Gareth Bale caused us some issues but once we got the opening goal, they were done for; it was all Portugal after the break.

This encounter had been set up as a shootout for the Ballon d'Or between the two Real Madrid superstars, but in that case there is no question that the winner was Ronaldo.

The only thing left for the man from Madeira is to win this European Championship.

He's done everything else you could ask for in this glorious career of his, the finishing touch would be silverware with his country.

He deserves that much for everything he's done, and everything that he's stood for.

Now the question is who will Portugal meet in the final on Sunday at the Stade de France; if I'm being honest, I would prefer France.

Germany demand the utmost respect for all they've achieved.

They knocked-out an Italy side who have been incredibly impressive, they press as a team, and hoard the ball.

I think France might give us more chances.

Once more, Portugal are on the cusp of making history, and I have no more words.

I have but one wish for Sunday: that Ronaldo can lead us to glory and score the winning goal.

The dream of every Portuguese supporter is within sight.


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