Even with his well renowned ego, Cristiano Ronaldo would probably admit himself that he has not been able to replicate his club form on the international scene at the major tournaments. However, that appears to have all changed, as the Real Madrid star is pretty much carrying the Portuguese national side through Euro 2012 on his own shoulders, and now the team are just one match away from reaching the final.
The former Manchester United star is playing with the same freedom that he enjoys at the Santiago Bernabeu, and that is thanks to head coach, Paulo Bento, who has at last decided to play Ronaldo in his most effective role.
Portugal’s first game against Germany was a frustrating affair, and Ronaldo playing on the left flank clearly was hindering his game. It was easy to see what Bento was thinking, as he hoped the Real striker would be able to cut in off the left and do damage with that powerful, colourful, and deadly right boot of his. Portugal are 5/1 to claim the gold, according to the Euros at Bet Victor.
However, the Germans were wise to this and, as Holland’s Arjen Robben discovered, this season, this ploy is starting to become old news against top defenders. Bento has since allowed Ronaldo to enjoy a free role up front and, with three goals in his last two games, including an all-important goal in the 1-0 quarter-final win over the Czech Republic, the decision appears to be paying off.
If their star player can inspire the rest of Portugal’s performances, then they will certainly have a great chance of going one-step further than they did in Euro 2004, when they suffered heartbreak in the final with defeat to Greece.
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