Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo leads his country today in a decisive game to qualify for the Euro 2020, when they visit Luxembourg, they need to win any result to ensure the qualification officially, regardless of the result of third place Serbia, who are one point behind, meanwhile secured Ukraine a place in Group B.
Ronaldo will face another challenge, as the match is an important opportunity for him to reach the 100-goal mark with his country, having scored 98 goals so far.
Certainly, the participation in Euro 2020 is of great importance to Ronaldo, especially as it could become his last major tournament with the team, where the player will celebrate in February next year his 35th birthday.
But Ronaldo, who has a huge footprint in the history of football over the past years, aspires to more than this, where he is playing the game with his eyes on several goals to achieve now or in the coming period, even before the Euro 2020.
Ronaldo scored three hat-tricks in Lithuania's qualifying match, leading Portugal to a 6-0 win, sending a harsh response to Juventus coach Maurizio Sarri and all critics who launched a scathing attack on the Portuguese star after his angry exit from Juventus. Against Milan, last week, in Serie A.
Sari replaced the player in two consecutive games, to make the player angry when leaving the match of Milan, especially as he replaced him in the 55th minute.
The player has been criticized, although Sari has quietly commented, and stressed that it is a logical reaction when the player seeks to do his best, but at the same time confirmed that Ronaldo was injured, last month, in an implicit indication that the replacement is a technical problem for the player .
Ronaldo responded in practice through his hat-trick against Lithuania, who has become his 11th in the history of his participation with the Portuguese national team, and his 55th in various games during his career.
Ronaldo is looking forward to scoring more goals against Luxembourg today, to become a new card for Sari, and a strong response to the critics of the Portuguese star, winner of the five-time World Player of the Year award in the FIFA referendum.
Ronaldo also hopes to use the meeting to enter the 100 goals in international matches, which so far is limited to one member, Iranian Ali Daei. After a dramatic hat-trick in Lithuania, Ronaldo needed only two goals in order to make a new record in scoring records.
Despite this, Ronaldo hopes to score a hat-trick or more than three goals in Luxembourg, to confirm his strong response to Sari on the one hand, and to move a step closer to the equalization of the record set on behalf of Ali Daei, 109 goals, with the Iranian team throughout his career. Ronaldo has made his 164th international appearance since he began his career with Portugal in 2003.He scored his first international goal against Greece in the Euro 2004 opener in Portugal, where Portugal lost 1-2. , Also lost to the same team in the final of the tournament itself.
The game looks like a golden opportunity for Ronaldo to close the gap with Daei, given the huge difference in the level between the European champions Portugal and the winner of the first edition of the European Championship, and Luxembourg, which won four points in the qualifiers and lost the last four games played In this group.
Portugal lead Serbia by a point in Group B, and a win ensures that they qualify officially today.
Ronaldo is aiming to enter the 100 goals club internationally, having scored 98 goals so far.