Portugal boss Fernando Santos has heaped reward upon Cristiano after a surprising hat-trick noticed the Selecao das Quinas salvage some extent in a breathtaking 3-3 draw against Spain at the World Cup.
Friday’s Iberian derby was definitely one to recollect, as Cristiano Ronaldo helped Portugal to their first level in Group B following a brace from Diego Costa and a sensational volley from Nacho.
Were it not for Ronaldo, Portugal may very properly have been on the unsuitable finish of a spanking, and Portugal boss Fernando Santos has recognised the significance and high quality of his captain.
Following the match against Spain, Santos stated to reporters: “I’ve stated it so many occasions, Cristiano is the greatest in the world. More essential than his bodily type is his psychological type, he has unbelievable psychological endurance.
“He is in great physical shape and has an incredible mind and that is what makes him one of the best in the world. He raised the team, he had absolute trust in the team.”
“When it was 3-2 he was the one who raised his team. He plays in great teams, is always in great finals so that gives him a different perspective.”
Following his efficiency towards Spain, Ronaldo earned a collection of accolades, together with changing into the oldest participant to attain a hat-trick at the World Cup and changing into the first participant to ever rating in eight consecutive main tournaments.