Gabriel Alves, a former sports commentator, used to say, about players over 30, that 'Old is the rags'. Well, Cristiano Ronaldo continues to assert this maxim and prove that age does not pass through it.
The truth is that Cristiano Ronaldo has become a 'predator' within the area. Specialized in putting the ball into the goal, as their numbers attest. Before the age of 30, Cristiano Ronaldo had scored 52 goals in 118 games with Portugal's main national team jersey. After 30, captain Lusos has scored 34 goals in just 39 games. Cristiano Ronaldo seems to be just like Port wine: the older, the better.
The captain scored a hat-trick on Portugal's victory over Switzerland, putting the Portuguese in the final of the first edition of the League of Nations. This was his seventh hat-trick for Portugal and the 54th of his career, between clubs and national teams.
Estádio do Dragão already has a close relationship with the Portuguese ace, who made his debut in the Portugal squad exactly at the home of FC Porto in Euro2004, a bad memory for Portugal. This was his 10th goal in the Dragão in four games, having scored Greece, Denmark and Switzerland for the Seleção and FC Porto in the Champions League in 2009 for Manchester United in which it was the year's goal in the competition.
Ronaldo overcame Hungarian Puskas and went on to become the second-best scorer of a team with 88 goals, now 21 goals from Iran's Ali Daie.
The Portuguese striker had not scored for the Portuguese team since the second game of the 2018 World Cup, against Morocco (1-0 on June 20), and after that he had played only four matches. The Portuguese number 7 scored the first goals in the League of Nations, in their debut in the race.