Updated December 24th, 2023 at 12:13 IST
‘I saw him happy’: Portugal Head Coach praises Cristiano Ronaldo's dedication and effort as captain
The Portugal National Team head coach, Roberto Martinez, has made a huge statement on the national team captain, Cristiano Ronaldo ahead of the Euros next year.
Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the greatest footballers of all time and the best in Portugal’s history. The 38-year-old legend has always been there for his country from losing a UEFA Euro final in 2004 to leading them to the Euro’s in 2016. He will be looking to participate and repeat his success in the competition 2024 edition with Portugal for one last time in Germany.
3 things you need to know
- Cristiano Ronaldo led Portugal to UEFA Euro in 2016
- Cristiano Ronaldo is the all-time top goalscorer in international football
- Ronaldo has scored the most goals in Portugal’s history
Roberto Martinez on the dedication of Cristiano Ronaldo to the Portugal captaincy
Roberto Martinez, the manager of Portugal, has opened up about his interactions with Cristiano Ronaldo and his leadership. Martinez took over as manager after Fernando Santos left after Portugal's quarterfinal defeat from the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Portugal has a perfect record under Martinez's direction, having won all 12 games and only giving up two goals while scoring 44. The group's impressive performance guaranteed them a spot in the UEFA 2024 European Championship. Speaking through O Jogo, Martinez highlighted Ronaldo's commitment and went into further detail about the captain's significant influence on the team. He said:
“I saw Cristiano happy and in an important moment. He is enjoying the role he plays with the club and the country, and his commitment was complete. As a coach, you have to make the players fit the style of play, but you also have to fit the group, and Cristiano as a leader was a natural thing.
"I cannot talk about other times, from the first day until the last match against Iceland. The captain’s commitment was healthy and helped the players a lot.”
How many goals has Cristiano Ronaldo scored for Portugal under Martinez?
Under Roberto Martinez's direction, Cristiano Ronaldo has demonstrated his goal-scoring ability spectacularly. Ronaldo scored ten goals and provided two assists in his nine outings throughout the Euro Qualifiers. This outstanding performance not only demonstrates Ronaldo's individual genius but also the productive partnership between the prolific scorer and Martinez's tactics. Ronaldo's outstanding performances during the Euro Qualifiers while playing for the Portuguese national team were definitely greatly influenced by the manager-player connection.
Published December 24th, 2023 at 12:13 IST