Fernando Hierro, coach of the Spanish side that played against Portugal in Group B’s second match, says Cristiano Ronaldo is not better than any of his players notwithstanding the overwhelming skills and courage possessed by the Real Madrid ace.
Ronaldo scored a hat-trick against La Rojas thus making history as one of the four footballers to score in 4 consecutive World Cup tournaments. Others are Pele, Uwe Seeler and Miroslav Klose.
In my mind, there’s only one winner.
— Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) June 13, 2018
Friday’s game between the two football giants was a whirlwind that delivered jaw-breaking performances from Ronaldo, Nacho Fernandez and satisfied football lovers with entertaining football from every corner of the pitch. Yet, neither Portugal nor Spain were definitively superior in the derby, and none of both sides, at the moment, are favoured to cruise into the knock-out stage, having recorded just one point from their first 2018 World Cup match.
Football pundits rated both teams as winners although Ronaldo stood tall among the giants who struggled to outwit their opponents through an unimaginably cautious tactics, with Portugal proving themselves better in counterattack. It was a good game; 2-1 in favour of the Portuguese after 50 minutes and 3-2 for Hierro’s team after 80 minutes.
Ronaldo, once again, proved his ability to shine at major international events by becoming the oldest player to score a hat-trick at the World Cup. However, while his awesome performance reverberates around the globe, Hierro says the soccer genius is not a “particularly useful player.”
“I am very proud of my players,” Hierro told reporters after the thrilling 3-3 draw. “I would not trade even one of them for Cristiano.”
No football coach would publicly admit love for a player who singlehandedly unsettled a star-studded team and denied him two points at the World Cup – not even the Spanish coach, Hierro.
Critics call Ronaldo the second best player on the planet but he’s obviously ready to prove himself a king after winning Man of the Match award with his first effort.
Feliz por ter sido eleito o melhor em campo. Bom trabalho de equipa!🇵🇹👍🏽 pic.twitter.com/EjLIZxp3Dm
— Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) June 16, 2018
Ronaldo currently has a total of 51 hat-tricks in his blossoming career. His penalty against Spain that put Portugal 1-0 in just 4 minutes, was the 3rd fastest in FIFA World Cup history.
“I’m happy…It’s my best performance in a World Cup, and I’m happy with the team because we gave our best,” Ronaldo said after the match.