defeats, tears and glory … the contrasting record of Ronaldo against the Blues
October 10, 2020
The Blues find Cristiano Ronaldo. The five-time Ballon d’Or has an appointment at the Stade de France (with special shoes) on Sunday to face the France team with Portugal as part of the Nations League. A necessarily special setting for him. Four years ago, his country wrote the most beautiful page in its history. Faced with Didier Deschamps’ players, the Portuguese team won Euro 2016 thanks to a goal by Eder in added time (1-0). CR7, he had spent most of the meeting on the edge of the lawn.
Coach CR7 and final de l’Euro
Victim of a buffer from Dimitri Payet, the Turinese, in tears, had to leave the lawn after only 25 minutes of play. From tears to the rage to win, he quickly regained all his lucidity and his leadership, completely erasing his coach , Fernando Santos, by dint of encouragement and reframing as if his life depended on it.
Deprived of the 2006 World Cup final
For once, a France-Portugal that ended well. Because before the triumph of July 10, 2016, Ronaldo suffered three defeats against the Blues. The first dates back to 2006, in the semi-finals of the World Cup in Munich. And that day, too, tears rolled down her cheeks. With his 17 jersey on the back, he stumbled over an imperial tricolor defense, overplayed, dived too much and gave the Tricolors a cold sweat on a head that passed just above. Portugal lost 1-0. It is the Blues of Raymond Domenech who will play the final of the World Cup.
Cristiano Ronaldo finds the France team eight years later in a friendly match at the Stade de France. Another defeat (2-1). Benzema and Pogba score for the Blues. CR7 released after the hour of play (67e). Too bad because the Seleçao gets a penalty at the end of the game. Quaresma will take care of closing the gap. Anecdotal.
One victory, three losses
Ronaldo has only hosted France once. A year later in Lisbon, again in a friendly match. We are September 4, 2015 and the Blues who are preparing for the Euro win 1-0 (goal from Valbuena at the end of the match). A meeting marked by the serious injury of Nabil Fekir but not by the brilliance of the Portuguese star, replaced in the second period. With three defeats against a single victory, CR7’s record against the France team is rather negative. But the Blues would have exchanged their two friendly wins for a victory at the Euro …