What Ronaldo Said After Bruno Fernandes’s Winner for Portugal: “We Remain Invincible”

What Ronaldo Said After Bruno Fernandes’s Winner for Portugal: “We Remain Invincible”

Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe
updated at September 9, 2023 at 8:21 AM
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  • Cristiano Ronaldo sent an emphatic message after Portugal's 1-0 win in the 2024 Euro Qualifiers
  • Ronaldo failed to find the back of the net against Slovakia
  • He will miss their next game against Luxembourg after receiving his second yellow card in the qualifiers

Cristiano Ronaldo has expressed his admiration for his Portugal teammates after their hard-fought one-nil victory over Slovakia in the 2024 Euro Qualifiers.

Ronaldo, who is the leading scorer for Portugal in the qualifiers with five goals, struggled to replicate his scorching form in the Saudi Pro League as he was kept at bay by the Slovakian defence.

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Cristiano Ronaldo and his Portugal teammates in a group photo ahead of their 2024 UEFA Euro Qualifiers against Slovakia. Photo credit: @selecaoportugal
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Despite the 38-year-old's struggles, the 2016 European champions maintained their flawless record in the qualifiers, thanks to Bruno Fernandes' exceptional goal just before halftime.

The narrow victory for Roberto Martinez's squad positions them on the brink of securing early qualification, provided they emerge victorious in their upcoming match against Luxembourg on Tuesday, September 11, per GOAL.

Nonetheless, Cristiano, who doubles as skipper for Portugal, took to social media to celebrate his teammates' dedication to maintaining an unblemished record throughout the qualifiers.

"Very important victory in a difficult game! We remain invincible! Let's go Selecao," he wrote on the X App, formerly called Twitter.

Portugal has secured five wins out of five matches, keeping clean sheets in each of them.

Ronaldo escapes red card in Portugal game

In the same match, the veteran forward narrowly escaped a red card when he accidentally made contact with his former Manchester United teammate, Martin Dubravka.

During the second half, the Selecao captain, Ronaldo, collided with Slovakia's goalkeeper, Dubravka, resulting in the goalkeeper requiring medical attention. The incident occurred as a ball was delivered into the penalty area and scuffed by the Al-Nassr striker.

Ronaldo hailed as role model for Saudi youth

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that the newly appointed Director of Football for the Saudi Pro League, Michael Emenalo, has praised Cristiano Ronaldo as being 'more than just a footballer', acknowledging the star's profound impact both on and off the field.

While Ronaldo's on-field performance continues to capture the attention of spectators in various stadiums, his exemplary work ethic and lifestyle have also established him as a role model for the Saudi youth, as noted by Emenalo.

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Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe is a Ligue 1, Bundesliga, and La Liga editor with five-year experience. He previously worked with Sports Corna and 360SportsGH.