Cristiano Ronaldo ended questions contesting his fitness to play when he scored a hat trick against Lithuania, taking his tally to 98 international goals and moving Portugal to within one win of a place at the Euro 2020.
The 34-year-old Juventus forward who has become the second man to reach 100 international goals if he scores twice against Luxembourg on Sunday said, “To open this news bulletin, we can give this news: the captain is well, very well. Not only am I fine, but I can say that I am very fit too. The balance sheet is definitely positive. Now you can interview others.”
The Portugal captain demonstrated the wellness by scoring an early penalty before curling in a second goal. Pizzi, Goncalo Paciencia and Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva scored before the latter assisted the Portugal captain for his third.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s 9th Portugal hat trick, with seven coming since the star turned 30 years takes him to within 11 goals of Iran legend Ali Daei’s world-record 109. Ronaldo has had to stay away from last two Juventus matches, with manager Maurizio Sarri saying he had a knee problem, but it quite obvious that the knee problems only got better not lingering.
Speaking about Ronaldo, Portugal coach Fernando Santos said, “I never had any doubts about his condition, it was other people who had them. Nothing surprises me about Cristiano.”
Title holders Portugal will qualify for next summer’s European Championship if they’re able to trash Luxembourg on Sunday match.
Source: SurgeZirc UK Sport, BBC Sport, SB Nation