Cristiano Ronaldo has so far made headlines both on and off the pitch at the European Championship, yet his performance in the final group game against Hungary is one of the major reasons why Portugal find themselves in the last 16 of the tournament.
Having missed several chances as well as a penalty in the previous two matches, Ronaldo responded in emphatic fashion with two brilliant goals and an assist against the Hungarians to drag his side over the line into the knockout stages of the competition.
The goals confirmed the Real Madrid forward as one of the most important players in the history of the tournament, making him the first player ever to score in four separate finals, and with 17 appearances in this competition he has also played more games than anyone else.
Fernando Santos's side are outsiders against an impressive Croatia side in the last 16 and they will need their number seven to be firing on all cylinders if they are to make it through to the quarter-finals.
Ronaldo is offered at 6/4 (2.50) with NetBet to score at anytime and that is a healthy looking price for the continent's best scorer to find the back of the net. Another goal this summer would be particularly momentous, equalling Michel Platini's record of nine strikes in European Championships.
It has been another stunning season in terms of scoring statistics for the three-time Ballon d'Or winner, with Ronaldo scoring two goals or more in 16 matches for club and country this season.
He is priced at a healthy looking 9/1 (10.00) to score yet another double and there is certainly an argument to made for that being a price worth considering, with Ronaldo scoring two or more goals on 13 occasions for his country.
For much higher odds punters might be tempted by the price of 39/1 (40.00) for a Ronaldo hat-trick, something the Madrid man has done 30 times for his club, albeit doing so again on the international stage against one of the most impressive sides in the competition in a justified longshot.
Given Ronaldo's two-goal performance against Hungary and the fact that the 31-year-old has still been in plenty of scoring positions in the previous two matches despite failing to find the net, the option to take 6/4 (2.50) on the anytime market looks a solid option for those looking for a goalscorer wager.
|Ronaldo to score anytime at 6/4 (2.50) for a 1pt stake with NetBet|