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Cristiano Ronaldo Scores Brilliant Free Kick In Nations League Semi Final

Cristiano Ronaldo Scores Brilliant Free Kick In Nations League Semi Final

Cristiano Ronaldo scored the first goal of the UEFA Nations League finals when he put a magnificent free kick past Yann Sommer in the Switzerland goal.

It's no surprise to see Cristiano Ronaldo score at the perfect time, the Juventus forward has made a career of it, whether it's been for Manchester United, Real Madrid or the Old Lady.

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Ronaldo though hasn't been seen for Portugal in months, since the end of last summer's World Cup in Russia, deciding to take a break from international football.

It came as a surprise to no one when the all time Portugal top scorer decided to return for the UEFA Nations League finals.

The tournament is in its first year and the Iberian peninsular side qualified for the final four and are hosting the finals.

It took the 34 year old just 24 minutes to make a huge impact as he scored an incredible free kick goal to put his side 1-0 up against Switzerland in the semi final:

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Ronaldo has had a knack of scoring free kicks throughout his career and his hat-trick in the World Cup last year against Spain was finished off with a last minute set piece.

However the stats this season in Italy aren't too kind to the former Sporting winger. In February he was rated as Serie As worst free kick taker after lining up 13 of them and not scoring a single one.

The strike against Switzerland though was the 57th goal from a direct free kick of his career and the 86th goal of his international career.

Ronaldo would add two more to his international tally late in the second half to put Portugal through to the final, where they'll face either England or Netherlands, who play on Thursday in the second semi final.

If you could choose one player to take a free kick to score and win you £100 million who would you pick?

Ryan Sidle

Ryan is a writer for SPORTbible. He covers all sport from football, formula one, cricket, rugby, tennis, athletics, mma and wrestling. He obviously hates YOUR football team and has no interest in synchronised swimming.

 

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