The Real Madrid star delivered the ultimate captain's performance to confirm Portugal's place at next summer's World Cup finals in Brazil, scoring three high-quality goalsCristiano Ronaldo fired Portugal to next summer's World Cup finals with a scintilating display against Sweden.
Ahead of the second leg, heach coach Paulo Bento insisted that there's more to Portugal than Cristiano Ronaldo. Well, he certainly poked there bear with that comment!
The Real Madrid man had scored the only goal of the first leg in Lisbon on Friday night and proved the inspiration for his side on Tuesday evening with an emphatic display.
A quickfire double from Zlatan Ibrahimovic looked to be turning the tide on Ronaldo's side, who had given Portugal the lead in the 50th minute but it was b the Real Madrid man who had the final say.
Ronaldo levelled the score on the night and then completed his hat-trick to take his tally to 13 goals in his last six games and become his country's joint-leading scorer in the 4-2 aggregate win.