MUST WATCH: Cristiano Ronaldo Put On A Goal-Scoring Clinic Against Hungary
Cristiano Ronaldo may have resting tantrum-face, as well as a reputation for being the worst interview in all of sports when his team doesn't win; but my god is he lethal in front of the net.
In Wednesday's critical game against Hungary, Portugal went down twice and was in danger of falling out of contention as a third place qualifier into the round of 16. But just because his squad played horrific defense didn't mean that Ronaldo was going down without a fight. Luckily his fear of another horrifically embarrassing early elimination meant he was on one.
Here he is on his first goal of the match, tying things up at two goals apiece with this impressive heel-flick redirect off a perfectly placed cross from João Mário.
Because Ronaldo's so world class it almost looks too easy. You have to see it up close to really believe it:
That would be difficult for most soccer players to pull off on a good day in practice with absolutely nothing on the line. Ronaldo tied up a crucial match as if he were running drills in his back yard with his kid. Of course, because Portugal's defense is decidedly not the Ronaldo of defenses, he was put in yet another position to save the game for his team.
I'm sure you can imagine how he felt about that, but in case you can't, here is his reaction to his team allowing a third goal to Hungary:
Now if you're thinking that Ronaldo's second goal couldn't possibly have been as beautifully executed as his first, then you're mistaken. Here he is capitalizing yet again on a well-placed cross - this time from Ricardo Quaresma.
That header should be broken down frame by frame and used in tutorial videos on how to score a goal off a header until the end of time. It doesn't get anymore perfect than that. Ronaldo's timing on the jump and the placement of his head on the ball is textbook. You can see from both of his goals that he's one of the best there's ever been at finding his spot and creating a situation for himself in which he is impossible to defend.
(I'd love to show you a close-up replay of this goal but the Vines and videos of it are being ripped from the internet faster that those ugly Beyonce photos from the Super Bowl Halftime Show.)
The only letdown from this game is that Ronaldo's heroics weren't enough propel Portugal to a win. Still, the expanded tournament allows for more teams to make it through the group stage, and for that we are grateful. Portugal may not last much longer, but the chances that we get one more gorgeous performance from Cristiano Ronaldo are high.
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