Magic Ronaldo lights up World Cup with hat-trick to deny Spain

Just hours before he took the field in Sochi, it was confirmed he had agreed to a $21.8m (€18.8m) fine and suspended jail term to settle tax evasion charges. We now have a classic between Portugal and Spain.

What makes Neymar's revealing his opinion about Ronaldo dicey is that Messi is also playing in Russian Federation 2018 World Cup Tournament.

In his post match interview after scoring what may go down as one of the best hat-tricks in World Cup history, Ronaldo highlighted the efforts of his teammate in the 3-3 draw.

With both players now into their 30s - Ronaldo is 33 - the Russia World Cup could be the last chance for them to stake their claims at global level and the Portuguese made the best possible start.

Recently, Portugal skipper and talisman Cristiano Ronaldo praised Egyptian player Mohamed Salah.

Ronaldo leads his country against Spain in a mouthwatering first clash of the tournament for Portugal on Friday.

Ronaldo drew a penalty kick from Nacho Fernandez and converted in the fourth minute to put Portugal ahead of Spain in the World Cup on Friday night.


The World Cup hasn't been where Ronaldo has impressed the most, though.

- Could we have asked for a better match-up between two top-10 FIFA-ranked teams?

In the World Cup, it's often said, "the world is watching".

One of his goals opened the way for the team's 2-0 win over Wales in the semifinals.

His response about his performance was completely Ronaldo fashion.

"More important than his physical form is his mental form, he has incredible mental endurance", Santos said.

And a report from Spanish outlet Marca claims that Real Madrid would demand that Neymar is included in any deal that could see Ronaldo leave the club this summer. People were waiting for him to get old and play worse, but he is only improving.


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