Portugal and Real Madrid ace, Cristiano Ronaldo shrug off his 4th Ballon d’Or concerns as he delivered his statement,” That’s a long time from now,” to reporters.
Winning the Eleventh European title for Real Madrid, Ronaldo looks to replicate his dedication to the national side and steer down Portugal to the final stages of the competition. The ‘A Selecção’ captain is in good form for Real Madrid, scoring the winning penalty to win the Champions League and it is expected that he will continue threatening for Portugal as well.
“Our target was to win an important title like the Champions League and now I’m confident Portugal can go on a good run at the European Championship.”
A Portuguese side devoid of Cristiano Ronaldo couldn’t see off the Three Lions in a friendly encounter that resulted in 1-0 defeat. Days later, Ronaldo linked up with his teammates to set up a brace and eventually restore faith and confidence as they beat Estonia in an expected 7-0 rout.
“I would have preferred to play longer but the coach decided to spread the minutes around all players.”
Placed alongside Iceland, Hungary and Austria in Group F, the 2004 Euro Cup runners-up are determined to finish group toppers and advance into the knock-out phase, which might carry them to battle against any of Group E teams – Belgium, Italy, Ireland or Sweden.
“I’m always very motivated to play for my club and country,” Ronaldo added.
“We need to go step by step, advancing from the group stage is our current goal.”
Portugal not among the favorites to clinch the prestigious Euro Championship, but with Cristiano Ronaldo, they can fancy a surprise hit on the tournament. Ronaldo has often criticised for lack of silverware won for his National side and he can shut those critics forever if he can steer Portugal to Euro success this time. It’s probably the last chance the Real Madrid’s all-time leading goalscorer has to achieve something for his national side since he is already 31 which means he may not be able to play in the tournament’s next edition.