Ronaldo’s superb hat-trick over Sweden is just another great moment in the Portuguese winger’s marvellous year.
Last night Ronaldo showed the world why he is the renowned figure he is scoring a 29-minute hat-trick to secure safe passage for Portugal to Brazil 2014.
In a match billed Ibrahimovic vs. Ronaldo neither player disappointed, the final score of Sweden 2-3 Portugal was effectively Ibrahimovic 2-3 Ronaldo. The goals and the manner in which they were scored emphasised the quality player Cristiano Ronaldo is.
Not only has this display put Portugal into the World Cup, it also has almost guaranteed Ronaldo the Ballon d’Or prize, which he has lost out on to Messi over recent years.
The scintillating performance of last night has reminded people that he is one of the world’s best and has prompted people to admire the great man who has almost lived in Messi’s shadow for the last five years.
Ronaldo undoubtedly has been the worlds best this season, Ronaldo has scored 16 goals in 13 La Liga games and has scored a remarkable 8 goals in the opening four Champions League group games this season.
Ronaldo has maintained his incredible record of more goals than games for Madrid and is now level with Pauleta on 47 goals as Portugal’s all time leading goal-scorer.
With Messi suffering an injury blighted season Ronaldo has fittingly stepped up and is on course to win back the Ballon d’Or he won in 2008.
The World Cup is around the corner and after guiding his team there, Ronaldo could be a key man in the competition and if he maintains his form he could help Portugal mount a serious challenge for the trophy.