Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo Is The Ultimate Big Game Player Following His Hat-Trick Against Switzerland
Cristiano Ronaldo is the ultimate big game player. Just check out the competitions he has scored in.
The Portuguese superstar marked his UEFA Nations League debut with a stunning, stunning hat-trick to fire his country into the final.
His side beat Switzerland 3-1 at the Estadio do Dragao on Wednesday.
Ronaldo has now scored in 10 different international tournaments. From the 2004 European Championships to the 2019 UEFA Nations League.
Cristiano Ronaldo has scored in:
:white_check_mark: Euro 2004
:white_check_mark: World Cup 2006
:white_check_mark: Euro 2008
:white_check_mark: World Cup 2010
:white_check_mark: Euro 2012
:white_check_mark: World Cup 2014
:white_check_mark: Euro 2016
:white_check_mark: Confederations Cup 2017
:white_check_mark: World Cup 2018
:white_check_mark: Nations League 2019
BIG. GAME. PLAYER. #NationsLeague pic.twitter.com/OKK74Y77qS
- Football Tweet (@Football__Tweet) June 5, 2019
Oh, he's dominated club football, too. The 34-year-old has also scored in the Primeira Liga, Premier League, La Liga, Serie A, Champions League and Club World Cup.
Ronaldo's scintillating performance left his teammates in awe, including Bernardo Silva.
"We're used to this kind of thing, he's been doing it for ages and it isn't a surprise to anyone now. He scored three... nothing new for him. He's often the difference maker," the Manchester City attacker said.
Switzerland captain Granit Xhaka also paid tribute to the Juventus forward.
"We played good, I'm proud of this team, there was one difference between Switzerland and Portugal today. Cristiano Ronaldo, the best player in the world," the Arsenal man said.
Last season, Ronaldo bagged an impressive 28 goals in all competitions and former Celtic striker Chris Sutton has called him a freak of nature.
"The Portuguese Pied Piper leading Switzerland in a merry dance," he said.
"The second goal was such a wonderfully worked move and he knew exactly what he wanted to do. It's a goal of beauty the way he finishes it off. Then it's a double step-over with a bending finish for the third. He is so hungry and he still moves like an Olympic athlete. He is 34 and he has no right to move like that.
"He is a real leader for this Portuguese team and it tells you everything about the way he leads his life. It's a possibility that he could carry on playing until he is 40.
"He was the difference on the big stage once again. He has changed his game over the years. Ruthless Ronaldo."
Ronaldo's showing no signs of slowing down. What a player.