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Cristiano Ronaldo produces brilliant skill for Portugal v Belgium.

Cristiano Ronaldo produces brilliant skill for Portugal v Belgium

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It was another day at the office for Cristiano Ronaldo, who scored to help Portugal record a 2-1 win over Belgium this evening.

The Real Madrid superstar rose high to head Joao Mario’s cross past Thibaut Courtois five minutes before the break, doubling Portugal’s advantage after Nani had scored earlier in the half.

Ronaldo only played 60 minutes - Zinedine Zidane presumably had a word with Fernando Santos with Saturday’s Clasico in mind - although he also had more than enough time to produce one brilliant piece of skill. (Watch both videos by scrolling down this page).

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Ronaldo received the ball in a channel and stood up one Belgian defender with a lovely piece of footwork, before making him look silly with an exquisite heel pass.

This led to two chances for Portugal, although both shots were saved by Courtois.

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Video: Ronaldo's goal

Video: Ronaldo's skill

Watch the full version of his skill HERE

Romelu Lukaku pulled a goal back for Belgium two minutes after Ronaldo was substituted, but Portugal held on to record a confidence-boosting friendly win ahead of this summer’s European Championships in France.

Portugal's Euro 2016 campaign

Ronaldo and co. kick off their Euro 2016 campaign against Iceland in Saint-Etienne on June 14.

They then face Austria on June 18 before taking on Hungry in Lyon four days later.

Ronaldo is already the top scorer in the history of the Portuguese national team but this summer could be his final opportunity to land his hands on a major international tournament winners’ medal.

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The former Manchester United star went agonisingly close to winning the European Championships in 2004 as Portugal lost to Greece in the final - but will it be a different story this summer?

For Portugal to stand any realistic chance of winning Euro 2016, they will need their star man to be on top of his game.

Ronaldo after the Pichichi and Champions League

Before all that, though, Ronaldo will be determined to finish the season by winning two things with Real Madrid: the Pichichi and the UEFA Champions League.

Barring a miracle, Real Madrid are out of contention to win La Liga, but Ronaldo is still firmly in the hunt for the league’s top goalscorer award.

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With 28 league goals this season, the 31-year-old is currently leading the Pichichi race, two goals in front of Barcelona’s Luis Suarez.

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Topics:
Zinedine Zidane
La Liga
UEFA Champions League
Real Madrid
Football
Cristiano Ronaldo

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