Mr Longevity! Ronaldo lights up Nations League finals with more records in sight
If you’re wondering what these UEFA Nations League Finals are all about, well, wonder no more. They are about Cristiano Ronaldo.
That might well be an exaggeration but it’s only a slight one.
A Portugal side struggling for inspiration from open play have their talisman to thank for their place in the final back here in the Estadio do Dragao on Sunday.
It was a hat-trick of the highest order for Ronaldo which settled things, featuring all kinds of goals. There was a deadly free-kick, a one-touch finish from inside the box and, finally, the one they thought he didn’t have in his locker any more.
Manuel Akanji might well have been just a boy the first time Ronaldo galloped down the left channel, stepped over the ball and found the far corner. But tonight the young Switzerland centre-back got the 3D view and he didn’t need a VR headset.