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Record-breaker Ronaldo wants to ‘put on a show for another five years’

Thu 02 September 2021 | 5:48

The Manchester United striker grabbed his brace in his country’s opening match in Group A against Ireland.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s 89-minute header in his side’s World Cup qualifying match against Ireland on Wednesday night means 

he has now scored 110 goals in 180 appearances for his country, taking him past iconic Iranian striker Ali Daei

.

 

Ronaldo told 

Sport TV

 after the match: "I don't know what records are left. But what I want the most is to keep playing. I feel motivated and still have the strength to be able to put on a show for another three, four, five years.

"It was a record I really wanted to break. After missing the penalty, I was a little sad for 10 minutes. But that's what football is about. We have to believe until the end. 

"The fans helped us a lot but the work of the team that believed prevails in the end."

 

Ronaldo was shown a yellow card for removing his shirt when celebrating his second goal. Hence, the Portuguese will miss Portugal’s Tuesday's meeting with Azerbaijan through suspension.

"I forgot. It's the emotion of the game," said

Ronaldo

. "Maybe the coach will give me a hard time, but it doesn't matter. The important thing was to help the team. I’m sorry, but the emotions speak louder."

 

On

Ronaldo’s

suspension and the possibility of releasing him from the team early due to his suspension,

Portugal’s

boss,

Fernando Santos

said: "We'll decide whether Ronaldo stays or leave. We have 24, 25 players. He won't go to Azerbaijan, it doesn't make sense.

"Ronaldo has always done this. Great players I like that when games sometimes don't seem to be going well. 

"Many years ago there was a coach called Jimmy Hagan [the Benfica boss when Santos was a youth player there]. I once asked him 'Why doesn't Eusebio go off when he isn't playing well?'

"And then when he's needed, where was Eusebio? This is what the great players do. They may not be doing well, but they show up with everything they have and solve games."

 


source: Sport TV

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