Cristiano Ronaldo was so unbelievable against Sweden that, as the picture above shows his teammates were already celebrating his goals even before they hit the back of net.
In recent weeks there has been plenty of chatter about whether Franck Ribery, Zlatan Ibrahimovic or Lionel Messi would scoop this year’s Ballon d’Or prize, but after Tuesday night it now feels like there is only one winner.
Ronaldo! Ronaldo! Ronaldo!
Just when you thought Ronaldo couldn’t get any better, he did just that. In truth, finding the words to describe Ronaldo’s astonishing performance is no easy feat.
As describe by the excellent Portuguese site Portugoal:
Those lucky enough to witness it will retain it in their memory banks for a long long time. Ronaldo scored a hat-trick, could conceivably have scored eight goals, and still found time to provide a pin-perfect assist that Almeida somehow failed to take advantage of.
If Ronaldo does not win the Ballon d’Or this year it will be one of the greatest farces in sporting history. And should the Real Madrid man stay injury free and maintain this diabolical form, Portugal can dream of going far in Brazil.
Watch Cristiano Ronaldo’s complete individual match highlights for Portugal v Sweden below.