It’s no secret that Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the world’s best footballers thanks to his quick reaction times and incredible sporting skill. However, one of the player’s Portugal team mates has now stepped forward to confirm this legendary status, telling the world that Ronaldo is just as good as they think he is.
Mario Rui recently engaged in an interview in which he raved about his fellow player, lauding him after Portugal inched one step closer to qualifying for 2020’s show-piece football tournament.
Ronaldo inspired his team to thrash Lithuania 6-0 in the Euro 2020 qualifying game last Thursday, scoring an exciting hat-trick in the Group B win. Even steadfast mobile online pokies games fans were more intrigued by the qualifier action on the day!
Mario Rui Spills All in Interview
Speaking about his 34 year old peer, the Napoli left-back noted that Ronaldo is the best in the world, and never tires of winning. Rui added that Ronaldo always wants more, and that it is that hunger for success that makes him such an incredible player and sportsman.
In his interview with A Bola, Rui also noted that Portugal is very happy to have Ronaldo on the team and hopes that he will continue to bring them joy and victory as he has done so far.
Bernardo Silva, Goncalo Paciencia and Pizzi also scored for Portugal during the qualifier. The team is now second in the group with a total of 14 points; just ahead of Serbia with 13 points, but behind Ukraine with 19 points. Portugal will be given the opportunity to secure their spot in the Euro 2020 when they travel to Luxembourg – and Rui says that a tough task is waiting for his side there.
Speaking more about this, the player noted that his team knows it is not mathematically guaranteed that they will score a spot in the tournament. He says that they will be facing Luxembourg, a notoriously tough team to beat, and have already lost to Serbia (who won 3-2), proving that they are not invincible just yet.
Coach Santos Praises Star Player
Mario Rui further iterated that his side is prepared for what may be a very difficult game in Luxembourg. Still, he and his team mates aim to be at the Euro 2020 no matter what happens, and will try their best to bring all 3 points to Portugal to secure their spot in the event.
Portugal’s coach Fernando Santos was interrogated over Cristiano Ronaldo’s fitness just before the match, but stressed afterwards that he never had any doubt that his star player would be able to step up to the challenge. He said in the post-match press conference that plenty of people were asking about the player, and that he told them that he was able to play and was perfectly capable of participating.
The coach also added that Ronaldo’s excellent performance didn’t surprise him at all. He said that he is never surprised by the player, and considers his scoring a hat trick perfectly normal for his level of skill. After scoring his 55th hat-trick for his local club and his nation, Ronaldo has now scored 98 international football goals, closing in on Ali Daei’s record-breaking count of 109 goals.