Cristiano Ronaldo is happy in the role of Portugal skipper. The thirty-five-year-old forward has been a part of the Portuguese national team ever since 2003. In his eighteen years with A Selecao, Portugal has only won the Euros and has struggled in the World Cup.
Cristiano Ronaldo became Portugal skipper after Nuno Gomes stepped down from the role in 2018. Since then, Ronaldo has led the Portuguese team on a hundred and eleven occasions. His record as captain (as per appearances) for his national side is unrivaled. There is no other player who has sported the captain’s armband more than the Funchal native.
This record has made him appreciative of the honor bestowed upon him. He thus beams with pride whenever he leads his team from the dugout onto the pitch.
In an interview on March 28th, 2021, he said, “I feel privileged and proud as the skipper of my national team. Being the captain is my most significant achievement to date, and it gives me the utmost joy. ”
“I have always given the best of my efforts in international games for my country, and I will continue that“ said Ron.
Cris wishes to retain this position until he retires. He also hopes to win the World Cup with his team. If CR7 achieves this feat in the upcoming 2022 Qatar World Cup, then he would have created history for Portugal.
Ronaldo’s struggles for silverware in the World Cup
Cristiano Ronaldo made his debut for Portugal in the World Cup on June 12th, 2006, against Angola. Unfortunately, his debut was not as impressive as his season with Manchester United (23 goals and 22 assists in 53 appearances).
Though Ron did not make an impact, Portugal finished in fourth place. Eventually, there were talks that Portugal showed a proficiency similar to the 1966 WC squad.
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In the 2010 World Cup, A Selecao exited the round of 16, and once again, Cris had been ineffective (1 goal and 1 assist). This pattern continued in the 2014 and 2018 World Cups, respectively, as Cristiano Ronaldo remained ill-effective and Portugal failed to enter the Quarter Finals.
Portugal’s track record does not provide much confidence to Cristiano Ronaldo in terms of winning the Cup. Nevertheless, the squad Ronaldo is currently overseeing has many players who can produce a master-class performance.
These players can recreate the same effect used by A Selecao to win the UEFA 2016 Euros in France. It was coincidentally Ron’s first trophy in the Portugal jersey.
In the game against Serbia on March 28th, 2021, Cristiano Ronaldo felt frustrated as they drew against the Serbians in the 2022 Qatar World Cup Qualifiers.
Cristiano Ronaldo sent-off as Serbia draws with Portugal
Ron felt dejected as Portugal drew with Serbia by two-two at the Stadio Majko Mitic in Serbia. Portugal scored twice in the first half through Liverpool’s Diego Jota. However, it stood moot as Serbia retaliated through goals by Aleksander Mitrovic and Filip Kostic to get back in the game.
Cristiano Ronaldo skipped past the Serbian defense and sent the ball rolling towards the goal. Unfortunately, Stefan Mitrovic cleared the ball, and the follow-up rebound got blocked as well.
Ronaldo ran to the ref to appeal his goal. But the referee stood his ground and asked Ron to remain silent. Cristiano Ronaldo did not fall silent and received a red card and thus was sent-off.
Therefore, his outburst on the field speaks as evidence that he needs to learn more about being a leader if Portugal is to become World Champions.
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