Cristiano Ronaldo Produced The Most Outrageous No-Look Through Ball For Portugal
Cristiano Ronaldo needs to explain his no-look through ball because it's outrageous.
The Portuguese international performed heroically against Switzerland in the UEFA Nations League. He bagged a stunning hat-trick as he fired his country into the final.
He opened the scoring in superb fashion after converting a 25-yard free-kick before netting twice in the dying stages of the game.
His free-kick wasn't the only piece of magic he produced in the first-half. The 34-year-old also pulled off a scintillating no-look through ball to João Félix. Time to gawk:
:zap: Skill of the Day goes to hat-trick hero Cristiano Ronaldo for this outrageous no-look through ball! :eyes::soccer:#NationsLeague ' @HisenseSports pic.twitter.com/aTsHECpxos
- UEFA Nations League (@UEFAEURO) June 5, 2019
What a ball. If only Félix had scored. We'd been talking about one of the greatest assists.
Portugal head coach Fernando Santos hailed Ronaldo as a "genius" following their 3-1 victory over Switzerland.
"In terms of adjectives to describe Ronaldo's game - I've used many. I was his coach in 2003 and I could see where he'd go," he said.
"He's a genius. There's genius paintings and sculptures and he's a football genius.
"When someone scores three goals, they are the difference maker. It was tough game, it was well played - two sides who are very strong, playing to win.
"They're strategically well organised, changing their formation. Their players know what they have to do on the pitch, limiting some of the gaps we'd thought about."
Manchester City's Bernardo Silva also paid tribute to his captain's showing.
"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," he said.
Ronaldo has now scored in 10 different international tournaments. From the 2004 European Championships to the 2019 UEFA Nations League. He's the ultimate big game player.
The Juventus forward has the chance to win another trophy for Portugal as they await the winners of the Netherlands vs. England for the UEFA Nations League final on Sunday.