17.06.2021 » Cristiano Ronaldo is more motivated than ever to win
Cristiano Ronaldo, the Portugal captain, has stated that he is more determined than ever to lead his country to back-to-back European Championship crowns. Portugal won the tournament in 2016 and started their title defence with a 3 - 0 win against Hungary in their Group F opener in Budapest. Ronaldo scored two second-half goals to break a resilient Hungary, who were backed by thousands of fans who had filled the Puskas Arena to capacity. After the majority of European leagues came to an end, football betting online is alive once more with Vwin. Vwin is a top sports betting and gaming site based in Vietnam, giving bettors the chance to reap from sports throughout the calendar year.
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Confidence isn't lacking!
"I feel as motivated or even more than in 2004 when I played my first European tournament. We are the defending champions, and we are part of a new group of candidates to win the trophy."
Portugal has one of the most talented squads in the tournament, with players like Cristiano Ronaldo, Bruno Fernandes of Manchester United, Diogo Jota of Liverpool, and Ruben Dias of Manchester City, who was recently named the Premier League's best player of the season.
"The Portuguese can expect the same as always, a national team with a lot of enthusiasm and ambition," Ronaldo said.
"We have a positive thought which is that things are going to go well. I asked the Portuguese people at home and abroad to think positively."
All set to try to repeat the 2016 victorious run...
The ageless Juventus forward, who is competing in his fifth European Championship, stated that his team is prepared.
"We have worked well, my teammates and I, as well as the coach," the 36-year-old added.
"The groundwork is done and we just need to fine tune a few things. Now is the time for the ball to roll so that Portugal can give its best and start the tournament on the right foot with a win against Hungary."
Group F comes up as this tournament's "group of death" as Portugal, France, and Germany will battle for two automatic spots.
"These are the opponents we have and we are going to play against them," Ronaldo said. "There are no easy games. There is no point and it serves for nothing to promise titles or make predictions. What I hope and desire is that things go in the best possible way."
Another record for Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo has now scored 11 goals at the European Championships since his debut in 2004.
There was no better place for Ronaldo's record-breaking day as it came in front of the European Championship's first-ever sold-out crowd at the Puskas Arena.
The Portugal legend scored in the 87th minute from the spot to set the record for most career goals in the tournament, and then added another in injury time to give the reigning champions a 3-0 triumph against Hungary.
The 67,215-seat Puskas Arena was filled with mainly Hungarian fans who made themselves heard throughout the game. Hungary is the only country out of the ten holding tournament matches that allow full stadium attendance.
Speaking after the match, Ronaldo said: "It was a difficult game, against an opponent who defended very well, but we scored three goals, and I am very grateful to the team for helping me to score two goals." "It was a tough game against a well-defended opponent, but we scored three goals, and I am grateful to the team for assisting me on two of them."
Since Euro 2004, the Juventus striker has competed in five European Championships. He started the tournament tied with France great Michel Platini on 9, but that statistic changed in the 87th minute.
Cristiano Ronaldo next game for Portugal is on June 19, against Germany. You can watch Germany vs Portugal, Brazil vs Peru, Denmark vs Belgium, England vs Scotland, Ukraine vs Macedonia, and Netherlands vs Austria, all matches provided from our soccer streaming game pages.
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