Messi or Van Dijk - Carragher has his say on 2019 Ballon d'Or

Florence Fletcher
June 11, 2019

But after sitting out the group stage of the Nations League on a hiatus from global football, Ronaldo played a huge part in getting his country to the final by scoring a hat-trick in Wednesday's semi-final against Switzerland.

Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo, 2nd right, celebrates after scoring his side's first goal during the UEFA Nations League semifinal soccer match between Portugal and Switzerland at the Dragao stadium in Porto, Portugal on Wednesday.

The Netherlands lost the inaugural final of the Nations League competition 1-0 to hosts Portugal on Sunday evening after Gonçalo Guedes put the only goal of the match away in the second half. "These victories will be part of Portuguese soccer forever".

Portugal had only 45 percent of possession but were more risky throughout as they added another trophy to the Euro 2016 title they won three years ago with a 1-0 win against hosts France, also under coach Fernando Santos.

"Things have been going well for Portugal in recent years", Ronaldo said.

"When I am with the national team I feel like at home".

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In Sunday's first-ever championship match of this new UEFA worldwide tournament, the Portuguese will square off against either the Netherlands or England, reports Efe news.

At the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Ronaldo scored against Morocco in Portugal's second group-stage game to overtake Real Madrid legend Ferenc Puskas as the leading goalscorer on the worldwide stage across Europe.

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Manchester United and Liverpool have also been linked with a move for the centre-back, who enjoyed a stellar 2018-19 as Ajax reached the Champions League semi-finals.

"I saw he's gone ahead of Messi in the betting".

Five-time Ballon d'Or victor Cristiano Ronaldo missed out on adding another individual honor to his collection as teammate Bernardo Silva was named the UEFA Nations League best player - and the Juventus man didn't look happy. It made it to the final after beating England 3-1 in the semifinal on Thursday.

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