5 of Cristiano Ronaldo's best performances for Portugal
The superstar has stepped up on a number of occasions and saved his country
Cristiano Ronaldo has been one of the most hardworking and squint-eyed footballers of all time. Asserting his dominance in the world football for last 10 years, he has won almost everything at both club and international level.
The Four-time Ballon d'Or winner is not only the best goalscorer of all time but also the captain of Portugal, who never dreamed of Euro Cup moment for years even in his strangest dreams.
With the 2018 FIFA World Cup just around the corner, Ronaldo and Co. are ready to create history one more time. All eyes will be on Ronaldo, who will hope to stun the world by lifting the World Cup with Portugal.
Can Ronaldo create trouble for the other big teams in the upcoming World Cup?
The 32-year old has been a beacon for Portugal and also led them to victory in the UEFA Euro 2016. Here's a quick look at 5 of his best performances for Portugal:
#5. Portugal vs Netherlands, Euro 2012 (2-1)
Cristiano Ronaldo has been one of the finishers who scores top quality goals when his team needs him the most. One of those moments was produced in Euro 2012 when Netherlands needed two goals against Portugal to stand a chance of progressing in quarterfinals.
Netherlands just got the start they needed as Rafael van der Vaart's lovely curling strike put them ahead. But Ronaldo was there to ruin their party as he scored an equalizer in the 28th minute and then finished off the match with a stunner in the 74th minute.
Confident and creative, Ronaldo was proving a nightmare for a defence, which was left exposed by their attacking tactics. A performance of pace, power, and poise by the Real Madrid star left the Dutch fans mesmerized as Dutch hopes soon turned into the despair.