Why Ronaldo Should Follow Messi into Retirement


Why Ronaldo Should Follow Messi into Retirement

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n the end, it was all a bit hollow. Yes, Portugal were crowned champions of Europe. And yes, 10 years down the line no one will remember that they only won a single match in normal time in the entire tournament. But as of now, the tournament is little more than a testament to the fact that football is utterly unpredictable and that the team with the most talent doesn’t always win.

For Cristiano Ronaldo, this was the Holy Grail. A major international trophy would surely be the clincher in the Messi vs Ronaldo debate. CR7 was predictably the centrepiece in the Portuguese team. While he had started off slow, the latter stages of the tournament did see some flashes of performance worthy of a three-time Ballon d’Or winner. The Portuguese train chugged on, not quite in the imposing locomotive sort of way, but more like the little engine that could.