Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo, the top scorer in the history of the Portuguese football team, is still looking for the first stage goal to knock out the World Cups, with Switzerland, the next opponent in the 2022 World Cup, one of the last options.
Of the 118 goals scored by Portugal, only eight goals have been scored in the world’s greatest football competition, the last of which is already in Qatar. against Ghana (3-2)from a penalty, on his debut in Group H.
However, none of the previous seven before that was appointed to the play-offs of the championships in which he participated with Portugal, namely 2006, 2010, 2014 and 2018, and in 2014 the national team did not even advance beyond the group stage. .
In 2006 in Germany, the then young Manchester United player at the age of 21 scored one of the winning goals over Iran (2: 0) from the penalty spot in the second round of Group D and was not going to “earn” more. , despite the fact that the group led by Luis Felipe Scolari reached the semi-finals and ended up in fourth place.
In the 1/8 finals, Manishe was the protagonist of the triumph over the Netherlands (1:0), and in the “quarter” and “half” the team was in the “empty”, first knocking out England (0-0) in a penalty shootout, and then lost to France (0:1).
Finally, in the match for third and fourth place, lost to Germany (1-3), it was Nuno Gomes who scored against the Portuguese.
The same thing happened in 2010, already in the status of “captain” of the national team, leaving South Africa with a goal scored in the defeat of North Korea (7: 0), in the second round of group G. In round 16, the striker who played for Real Madrid ”, remained empty in the match against Spain (0:1).
In Russia2018, in the middle Move from Real Madrid to JuventusCR7 entered the competition with a “breakthrough” by signing “hat trickagainst Spain (3-3) and a goal that gave victory over Morocco (1-0), both in the group stage, but, as in 2006 and 2010, again did not “reach” the “eighth”, in which Portugal were eliminated Uruguay (1-2), and Pepe scored the goal of the Portuguese.
In contrast, at the European Championships, he scored in the play-offs of three of the five championships he participated in: at Euro 2004, held on Portuguese soil, he contributed to a 2–1 victory over the Netherlands in the semi-finals. in 2012 he signed a triumph over the Czech Republic (1:0) in the “quarter”, and in 2016 he scored the second goal against Wales (2:0) in the “half”.
At the age of 37, the Portuguese captain will have one of his last chances to end a particular World Cup drought on Tuesday when Portugal play Switzerland in the round of 16 of the 2022 World Cup, probably the last. one in which “CR7” will participate.
The match between Portugal and Switzerland is scheduled to start at 22:00 local time (19:00 Lisbon) in Lusail.