Qatar will have the holder of the world record for goals at selected level. At 37 years old, Cristiano Ronaldo will perform its last World Cup function, the fifth in a row, as a global football reference for more than a decade. Although he did not convert in the last four qualifying matches, Cristiano is the flag of Portugal, which went through the stressful and risky Repechage filter.
With the 2-0 over North Macedonia in the Do Dragao stadium covered by 50,000 spectators, Portugal will participate consecutively for the sixth time in a World Cup. And he also made sure to be one of eight seededlike the Argentinian, at lottery to be held next Friday in Doha. More relieved than euphoric about qualifying, as if a weight had been lifted, Cristiano applauded the audience in the final celebration that engulfed the entire stadium.
Less than two hours after the victory, Cristiano posted a photo on his Instagram with the entire squad on the pitch and the dedication: “Objective accomplished, we are in the World Cup in Qatar, we are on our site! Thanks to all the Portuguese for their tireless support. Portugal Force”.
More excited was the veteran coach Ferdinand Santos, who narrowed in a strong hug with a collaborator. Actually, Portugal has experience in traveling the Repechage ledge. Three of his last four classifications were in this way. Before he did it against Bosnia (2010) and Sweden (2014).
Not very fine in a crossed left-footed shot that went next to a post, Cristiano contributed to the goal of Bruno Fernandes with a wall that defined his partner in Manchester United, who had also originated the attack by intercepting an inside pass from Stefan Ristovski. The Cristiano-Bruno partnership had not been happening frequently, neither in Portugal nor in the Premier League. And in this goal he showed a CR7 generous in returning the combination, instead of aiming at the goal meters from the large area.
Portugal Highlights 2 – North Macedonia 0
North Macedonia, which had minimized the margin of error in the bump that gave against Italy, gave the advantage to a rival who handled the ball with some nervousness, although he has accredited individual, in addition to Cristiano and Fernandes, as Bernardo Silva, Diogo Jota, Cancelo, Moutinho and Nuno Mendes. also reappeared pepe, the cacique of the defense, who with an exalted cut gave rise to the counterattack that followed in Diogo Jota, whose cross assist found Fernandes’ frank entry for the second goal.
In the first half, Cristiano gave another assist to Diogo Jota, whose shot hit the outside of the net. CR7 was not as aggressive and sharp as he usually is in a scoring situation. In the second goal, he was several meters behind Bruno Fernandes’s sprint. In the second stage, he did not manage to connect a counterattack when he was anticipated at the mouth of the goal by Darko Velkoski, and he did not manage to head a cross with a jump.
With 115 goals in 186 games, Cristiano holds the world record for national teams. Of that total, seven correspond in 17 matches of the four world cups he played. The most remembered are hat trick what marked him Spain in Russia 2018. The world record scorer is the miroslav klose german, with sixteen in 24 matches of four championships.
Accompanied by an interesting generation of peers –joao felix he was a substitute and came on in the last five minutes-, Cristiano is part of a team that, like Belgium, owes the definitive leap to World Cup glory. Portugal has already removed a plate from champion on the Euro 2016 and in the nations league 2018/19. “I have already won two titles and I dream a lot about winning the third one”, said DT Fernando Santos after the end, who recognized his team: “I have to to congratulate to the players for the fantastic attitude they had. There was a spirit of mutual help and great support from the public. We did all the merits to reach the World Cup. Fortunately, the 11 million Portuguese will have the opportunity to see their national team in Qatar”.
Cristiano’s parallelism with Messi for more than a decade will find them both playing the fifth World Cup of their careers. They will match the mark of Gianluigi Buffon (Italy), Antonio Carbajal (Mexico), Lothar Matthaus (Germany) and Rafa Márquez (Mexico). The day before, Cristiano put the collective before the individual approach of his presence in Qatar: “A World Cup without Cristiano? There is no World Cup without Portugal”. There he will go in search of the only title that is missing in his overwhelming record.