Cristiano Ronaldo finally reached 70 goals for Portugal but he said: “Scoring ‘not the most important thing” as Portugal win.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice for Portugal on Saturday in World Cup qualifying match and extended his international goal tally to 70. He has now moved to the third place among Europe’s all-time top international scorers.
Meanwhile, Portugal is now in second place three points behind Switzerland and five points ahead of Hungary. Ronaldo extended the lead to 3-0 after Andre Silva scored the first goal.
With a brace, Ronaldo has scored nine goals in five games for Portugal in the qualification, more than any other in Europe.
However, four times Ballon d Or’ winner Real Madrid star said he’s only focused on playing in Russia in 2018.
He said. “I know how many goals I have but that’s not the most important thing. What matters is that we won and we’re in the fight to go to the World Cup.”
“We started out timid. We were slow to react to their tactics, but everything changed with the first goal. The team played better, more confidently, and the goals came naturally.
“The team is good We have a lot of young players.”
Talking about the opener Andre Silva, Ronaldo said, “He’s done very well since he started with the national team. He’s done a phenomenal job, not only with his goals.”
Portugal boss Fernando Santos warned his players that they have to work hard to finish first in their group to go to Russia directly.
“We had six finals. From this point, we have five left to reach our goal of reaching the World Cup from first place in our group,” he told RTP. “Hungary tried to block our way but we adapted very well to the three central midfielders. We did not allow them to come out and play.”
Ronaldo still in the best form?
Although Cristiano Ronaldo hasn’t scored as much goal from Real Madrid as he did in the past, he is still the star man for both Madrid and Portugal.
With 14 goals in 14 international games since the start of 2016, Ronaldo is still a goal machine even at the age of 32.