New Delhi: Love him or hate him, it is virtually impossible to hate Crtistiano Ronaldo, who probably welcomes the criticism from media and enjoys to answer with splendid performances time and time again. With progression to the Round of 16 at stake, the man with the Portuguese armband rose to the occasion and single-handedly earned his team a ticket to the next round.
Ronaldo's waning faith in his teammates came out as no surprise after Portugal trailed not just once but thrice in the 3-3 thriller, where the Real Madrid man had to pull strings together by assisting teammate Nani's goal and scoring the other two himself. The crowd witnessed Ronaldo, who is usually spotted in the right place to find the back of the net, was not just creating chances for others but also worked hard defensively against Hungary.
Can we get memes for this Ronaldo Tantrum???
— Suleiman! (@electraguunn) June 22, 2016
The question is now that the Round of 16 spot is sealed, will Ronaldo be content if Portugal get knocked out against Croatia (who defeated champions Spain in their final Group encounter)? For those who know him, the obvious answer is No. He is never satisfied and is still aiming to better his first Euro tournament finish - runners-up to Greece on home soil in 2004.
Portuguese fans, coaching staff and players were waiting for their captain to step-up and guide the team out of their misery. Converting frustration to inspiration, the former Manchester United forward stood up and secured his team's passage to the pre-quarters with one of the most influential individual performances one could ever experience.
A wonderful finish from Ronaldo last night means he is the 1st player to score in 4 Euro finals.https://t.co/1lS0V1hckG
— William Hill Betting (@WillHillBet) June 23, 2016
The fans' chant, "Cris-tiano Ro-nal-do", at the end of the game proves that his nation's hopes are restored for the rest of the tournament.
Cristiano has answered his critics and now that he has rediscovered his magic touch, football fans can be rest assured of some quality action going forward.