Ronaldo Receives Rave Reviews After Reaching 130 Goals for Portugal Ahead of Euro 2024

Ronaldo Receives Rave Reviews After Reaching 130 Goals for Portugal Ahead of Euro 2024

Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe
June 11, 2024 at 9:13 PM
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  • Cristiano Ronaldo marked his return to national team assignment with two goals as Portugal defeated Ireland 3-0
  • The 39-year-old's double took his overall tally in international football to a staggering 130 goals ahead of Euro 2024
  • His impressive performance left fans drooling over him, with a section of them bestowing the GOAT title on him

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Cristiano Ronaldo scored a brace as Portugal wrapped up their preparations for the soon-to-start 2024 UEFA European Championship with a decisive victory against Ireland on Tuesday night.

The veteran forward turned back the clock with two spectacular goals, leading the Selecao to a 3-0 win after their 2-1 loss to Croatia in the previous match.

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Cristiano Ronaldo runs away to celebrate after scoring one of his two goals against Ireland on June 11, 2024. Photo by Diogo Cardoso.
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Despite missing Portugal's previous two warm-up games, Ronaldo was included in the starting lineup amid ongoing debates about his role in the national team.

The 39-year-old silenced his critics with a stunning long-range strike, doubling the home side's lead in the process before a clinical finish from close range put an exclamation mark on Roberto Martinez's side's win, Eurosport reports.

Fans hail GOAT Ronaldo after double vs Ireland

After his stellar performance, which brought his international goal tally to 130, fans lavished praise on the Al-Nassr superstar, with many hailing him as the GOAT.

@kofi_adofo69 wrote:

"The goat."

@Jeff_Tymer_, on the other hand, aimed a sly dig at Lionel Messi while praising Ronaldo:

"If Messi tries this record, he will collapse. RONALDO will always be my GOAT."

@sakaera_ bestowed the GOAT title on the veteran forward:

"Greatest footballer of all time."

@kruszmartins added:

"Man of the moment."

@ItsKyuleNgao eulogised the five-time Ballon d'Or winner:

"Cristiano Ronaldo. The Greatest there was. The Greatest there is. The greatest there ever will be. GOAT."

What's next for Cristiano Ronaldo?

CR7 will then turn his attention to the tournament proper, where he will make his record sixth appearance at the quadrennial tournament, as noted by FOX Sports.

The Al-Nassr forward and his Portugal teammates will play their first game against the Czech Republic on Tuesday, June 18.

Ronaldo warms hearts with a moving gesture

Sports Brief also reported that Cristiano Ronaldo touched the hearts of football fans with a heartwarming gesture before Portugal's final warm-up game against Ireland.

In a video making the rounds on the internet, Ronaldo is seen gently pushing a girl with cerebral palsy in a wheelchair onto the pitch before the match.

The Al-Nassr star related easily with the girl, escorting her onto the field while his teammates accompanied their pre-match companions.

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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.