“Things He Does Are So Un-Ronaldo” – Despite Cristiano Ronaldo’s Heroics for Portugal, Analyst Blasts Al Nassr Star for ‘Embarrassing’ Gameplay

Published 10/21/2023, 7:45 AM EDT

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Cristiano Ronaldo raised the bar yet again during the international break with Portugal. The Al Nassr captain scored 4 goals and provided 1 assist in 2 games helping Portugal secure a Euro spot. The 38-year-old, nevertheless, failed to impress critics who argue that his performances dip when Portugal actually need him the most. On this note, a Premier League icon shared his take on Ronaldo, while lamenting his gameplay.

Meanwhile, it is now smooth sailing for Portugal in their Euro qualifiers. The team has already secured a spot and will be looking to end their campaign on a high note. Some of the other major European nations, however, are still in line to secure their qualification; Sweden, Poland, and Italy are still in contention for the Euro spots.

Critics are left unimpressed by Cristiano Ronaldo’s performances


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Cristiano Ronaldo has been pulling off wonders for Portugal in recent matches. In fact, the whole Portuguese squad is doing exceptionally well with Ronnie having scored 8 goals in the tournament as of yet. He’s also made the highest attempts on target with 14 attempts, equaling Belgium’s Romelu Lukaku. However, former Liverpool player Steve Nicol believes that this feat doesn’t matter anymore.

Steve Nicol shared his take, as he focuses on the level of the tournament. The former Premier League icon said, “He’s (Ronaldo) going to score goals playing for Portugal, it’s the qualifiers. If you want to just go by he scored some goals then okay but if you actually watch him, some of the things he does are so Un-Ronaldo like falling over the ball. Some of the shots he has are just embarrassingly off time and off target”.


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Nicol further added, ” It depends what little bit of clips, it’s like scouting on video, I’ve seen so many world beaters on video of all the best bits and then when you get them somehow these best bits turn into once in a blue moon so I’m sorry is he scoring goals in the qualifiers yes but realistically again when it mattered in the World Cup it couldn’t be relied upon”.

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Cristiano Ronaldo has faced a lot of criticism but believes his performances will do the talking. In fact, the Portuguese winger achieved a humungous feat in his latest outing with Portugal.

Cristiano Ronaldo achieves milestone feats with Portugal


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Cristiano Ronaldo showcased his worldly skills by scoring his 125th goal for Portugal during a 3-2 victory over Slovakia. His performance in the match included a perfectly executed penalty and a crucial tap-in to attain the feat of securing his position as the all-time top-scorer in international soccer. There’s actually more to this achievement.

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In another historic feat, Cristiano Ronaldo earned his 200th cap for the national team, making him the first men’s soccer player to achieve this milestone. This remarkable accomplishment stands as a testament to his unwavering resilience and excellence in the sport.


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Portugal now lead their group with 8 wins in 8 matches and 24 points. They have firmly established their dominance in the group and have emerged as a strong contender in the battle for the European glory.


Written by:

Neil Banerjee


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Neil Banerjee is a soccer writer at EssentiallySports. With a background in media studies, he possesses a deep appreciation for the intricacies, the strategies and the awe-inspiring nature of the beautiful game, firmly believing that a variety of factors underpin each match. As a devoted Chelsea fan, Neil's passion extends to diving into the stories that surround the club and finding intriguing narratives.
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Jayant Chhabra