- Goncalo Ramos has earned plaudits on social media after scoring a hat-trick for Portugal
- Ramos becomes the first Portuguese to score a brace in a World Cup knockout since 1966
- Ramos took the place of Cristiano Ronaldo, who was left out of the nation's starting XI
Football fans took to social media to laud Portugal newbie Goncalo Ramos, following his superlative performance against Switzerland on Tuesday night.
The 21-year-old replaced Cristiano Ronaldo in the starting line-up in the round of 16 clash at the Lusail Stadium.
The Benfica forward made his mark at the World Cup in some style, scoring the tournament's first hat-trick against the European side.
Many football fans have reacted to his goals on Twitter, as they now believe that Portugal is a better side without former Real Madrid striker Ronaldo.
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How social media reacted:
Ronaldo benched for Swiss clash
Ronaldo was left on the bench for Portugal’s crucial Round of 16 clash against Switzerland, in the biggest team news of the day.
The new development came on the heels of reports that Selecao manager Fernando Santos was displeased with his star for his gesture, during the defeat to South Korea several days ago.
On Friday, Ronaldo was withdrawn midway through the second half and while walking off, he put his index finger in his mouth as if gesturing to someone to keep quiet.
Ramos scores stunner
The 21-year-old scored a stunner in 17th minute to give his team a 1-0 lead at the Lusail Stadium on Tuesday night.
It was Ramos’ first goal for the Europeans in the World Cup, and is his second international goal overall.
Santos speaks about Ronaldo
Earlier, Sports Brief had reported how Portugal boss Santos disclosed why he benched Ronaldo for their World Cup Round of 16 cracker.
Santos relegated the veteran striker to the bench during the Tuesday night encounter, with the tactician starting youngster Ramos instead.
The former Manchester United forward was only introduced in the match with just 17 minutes left, as Pepe paved the way for him to appear.