Top 10: Heroic individual performances (1)

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When Portugal needed him most, Cristiano Ronaldo answered his country's call.

The Real Madrid superstar produced an incredibly determined performance against Sweden on Tuesday to almost singly-handedly book Portugal's place in the 2014 World Cup finals.

The former Manchester United winger bagged a superb hat-trick to cancel out the brace of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, whose Sweden side will now miss next summer's showpiece tournament in Brazil.

Even Ibrahimovic, though, was seen applauding the efforts of the unstoppable Ronaldo.

Was this the best individual performance ever? Perhaps not, but it was majestic nevertheless.

Let's now take a look back at ten other remarkable individual displays from the past 20 years.

Had we been looking back a little bit further, the likes of Diego Maradona, Pele and Geoff Hurst would have featured. But on this occasion they will have to settle for an honourable mention.

Click next to see our selected top ten...

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Lionel Messi
Cristiano Ronaldo
Didier Drogba

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