Cristiano Ronaldo was quick to respond to Lionel Messi’s five-goal game against Estonia yesterday. The Portugal international scored two goals for his country against Switzerland to secure a 4-0 victory in a Nations League encounter. Liverpool’s Diogo Jota played a crucial role in helping Cristiano lead Portugal to a comfortable victory.
Selacao is the favorite to win this year’s tournament after winning the inaugural Nations league in 2019. The Brazilian team has had a strong start to the season, and they would hope t win another cup in the tournament. However, Portugal’s success in the tournament will depend on Ronaldo being around for the final, with the 37-year-old being in good form. Portugal shocked Switzerland by scoring four goals and conceding none.
The goal scoring kickstarted with a rebound of Ronaldo’s free kick. The Swiss goalkeeper Gregor Kobel pushed the ball, and William Carvalho ended up scoring the first goal on the rebound in the 15th minute. However, the five-time Ballon d’Or did not wait long and opened his scoring account by scoring a goal 20 minutes later and then doubled it four minutes later. Joao Cancelo put the final nail in the coffin by scoring the fourth goal in the sixth minute after Kobel made another goalkeeping error.
Ronaldo received great assistance from Jota, who helped him score the crucial goals. Portugal is going strong as they remain undefeated in the tournament after the first two games. The team drew their first match against Spain on Thursday. The Spanish team had a chance of defeating the Portuguese team. However, a late equalizer from Ricardo Horta saved the game for Portugal. Thus, Ronaldo’s team will take on the Czech Republic team on Thursday as the table toppers.
Messi Takes Down Estonia Single-Handedly:
With two goals against Switzerland, Ronaldo has taken his goal-scoring tally to 117, while Messi is not far from him with 86 goals. The way that he scored all five goals against Estonia suggests that it would not take the Argentine international to equalize Ronaldo. The PSG forward had a dream night against Estonia, where he started off the proceedings by converting a penalty in the eighth minute.
The South American champions came off from a 3-0 win against Italy on Thursday, where Messi provided two assists. However, the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner was in supernatural form on Sunday in Pamplona. After converting an early penalty, Messi hit two more goals before the end of the first half. The 34-year-old continued his domination in the second half with two more goals. Messi achieved the feat for the first time at the International level. Leo has scored five goals at the club level for Barcelona in a 7-1 win over Bayern Leverkusen in 2012.