Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 117th goal for his national team in a UEFA Nations League match against Switzerland. Portugal’s star, who had gone nearly nine months without scoring an international goal, thrashed Switzerland in a 4-0 victory on Sunday.
Ronaldo was at his best against Switzerland, as he scored twice. However, he missed two more chances before halftime which would have brought his goal record to 119. Gregor Kobel, the Swiss goalie, made two excellent saves. Ronaldo’s first goal came in the 35th minute, when Diogo Jota passed him through and Ronaldo capitalised. The captain then doubled his tally in the 40th minute.
Ronaldo’s mother, Maria Dolores dos Santos Aveiro, became emotional and was spotted crying as she saw his son play admirably. Ronaldo’s mother was seen crying with excitement as her son reestablished his worth as one of Europe’s best ever goal-scorers. The video of Ronaldo’s mother crying was extensively circulated on social media platforms.
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— Sudarshan⭐ (@meThesudarshan) June 5, 2022
After the critical win, the legendary striker praised his team’s work on Twitter, saying, ‘it’s just the beginning’. “A significant victory in our journey, a lot of pride and confidence in this group, a lot of strength to give the Portuguese what we so desire: victories and convincing performances. The season is ending, but in fact, this is just beginning!”
Here is his post
Vitória importantíssima na nossa caminhada, muito orgulho e confiança neste grupo, muita força para darmos aos portugueses aquilo que tanto desejamos: vitórias e exibições convincentes. Parece que a época está a acabar, mas na verdade… isto ainda está só a começar! 💪🏻 pic.twitter.com/6NckZC9Eqn
— Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) June 5, 2022
In the meantime, Portugal’s strikers Joao Cancelo and William Carvalho also scored goals as their side established itself as a frontrunner for the FIFA World Cup in Qatar later this year. With a win in the next game, Portugal will have four points from their first two Group A2 games and will be ahead of the Czech Republic on goal difference. Switzerland sits on zero following back-to-back defeats and has now gone four games without a win since qualifying for the World Cup in Qatar.
Portugal’s next match is against the Czech Republic on Thursday, while Switzerland hosts Spain in Geneva the same evening.