Ronaldo Returns to Scoring Form for Portugal
Luxembourg - Superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has found his joy once again while wearing the jersey of the Portuguese national football team. "Two games, two victories! Mission accomplished. I am happy to have contributed to this very positive start for our team. Let's go!" wrote the prolific goal-scorer on Instagram after scoring his 121st and 122nd international goals in Portugal's 6-0 victory over Luxembourg in the European Championship qualifiers. Just three days earlier, CR7 had also netted twice in Portugal's 4-0 win against Liechtenstein.
After the disappointing World Cup in Qatar, it seemed like the end had come for the 38-year-old in the Portuguese national team. Ronaldo had become a substitute under coach Fernando Santos, and he couldn't prevent the quarterfinal exit against underdogs Morocco (0-1) after coming on as a second-half substitute. Following the World Cup, he made a move to the Saudi League, which is considered at best a second-tier league.
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However, under Portugal's new coach Roberto Martinez, Ronaldo is once again a key figure. In both games, albeit against relatively weaker opponents, the star striker was included in the starting lineup and was able to further extend his records. His tally of 122 goals in 198 international appearances remains unmatched. "Cristiano has an incredible international experience, probably unique. He is very important for the team," praised Martinez, who had previously coached Belgium.
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With his position secured, Ronaldo can now dream of his sixth European Championship participation in Germany in 2024, a feat that no other player has achieved. He already holds records for the most appearances (25) and goals (14) in the history of the European Championship. Ronaldo's greatest success with Portugal came when they won the European Championship in 2016.