Today was a day with no real room for genius, no passwork, no one moment to remember. Only three goals on the day, across three games—sloppy soccer still hounding this World Cup.
But a day with Cristiano Ronaldo on the pitch.
Making an assist-maker out of nothing.
GOAL!!!!! Ronaldo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What a start!!!!!!!! Again!!! Lovely cross by Moutinho from short corner routine. Ronaldo dives to thunder a header into the net!
— Tom Kundert (@PortuGoal1) June 20, 2018
Yet. Another. Goal. Four minutes into the game.
In a tournament where the Golden Boot competition looks to shaking out like:
“Own Goal” (5) vs. Cristiano Ronaldo (4)
He won’t play for another five days or so, but the chase is on. If he gets to the quarter-final or beyond, he could have 8 by tournaments’ end. The all-time record is 13.
— Cristiano Ronaldo (@TeamCRonaldo) June 20, 2018
And let us not forget the reason we find ourselves here…
The cross, after a corner-kick short pass, from Joao Moutinho.
Not a single mention of the cross from Moutinho. Other way round and the comms would be all over Ronaldo's perfect delivery. #WorldCup
— Simon Day (@siday38) June 20, 2018
Because there’d be no Ronaldo goal without the assist.
And it wouldn’t be a Portugal win with a Portugal cross.
Look at their shirt.
It’s sitting right there.
There’s never been a better time to be an assist-man, than on this Portugal midfield.
They play again on Monday. Against Iran. 2:00 ET.