Even at 38, Cristiano Ronaldo’s prowess on the pitch remains unmatched. In the bid for Euro 2024 qualification, Roberto Martinez leaned on Ronaldo to deliver, and he did not disappoint.
The match ignited when Goncalo Ramos, with an assist from Bruno Fernandes, sent the ball crashing into the net with a powerful header. Portugal’s momentum continued when, just ten minutes later, after a handball offence by Denis Vavro, Ronaldo confidently sent Martin Dubravka in the opposite direction, securing another goal for Portugal.
Yet, Slovakia was not backing down. David Hancko retaliated with a long-range shot, which, after deflecting off Antonio Silva, found its way into the goal.
Ronaldo Seals the Deal
However, Cristiano Ronaldo was not done. Capitalizing on an error from Vavro, the former Real Madrid superstar quickly took possession and, without hesitation, netted another goal for his team. This move ensured that even Stanislav Lobotka’s impressive long-range strike wasn’t enough to balance the scales, sealing Portugal’s victory.