After Cristiano Ronaldo booked his country a place in the 2014 World Cup, Zlatan Ibrahimovic said that the World Cup without him is nothing to watch via his app 'Zlatan Unplugged'.
Ronaldo stole the show by scoring a spectacular hat-trick in under 30 minutes for Portugal, scoring a goal in the 50th minute, and two others in the 77th and 79th minutes, to secure a 3-2 win over Sweden on the night, and 4-2 aggregate victory.
Fifteen minutes after Ronaldo's first goal, Ibrahimovic scored an impressive header, and four minutes later, he would score a thrashing free-kick, bringing back hope to the men in yellow.
Ronaldo would break that hope by scoring two goals five minutes later.
Ronaldo is now levelled with Pauleta, Portugal's all time top scorer, with 47 goals. Ronaldo told Publico: “Records are there to be beaten. It was not a priority, I knew that Portugal needed me.
"I do not have to prove anything to anyone. I try to do my work and give answers on the pitch. I did my job for my team. It is the team who have to be congratulated.
"We suffered for sure but that is how great teams win things. We retreated a little [when Sweden scored], but then we were better and we played better."
Portugal has joined France, Greece and Croatia as the final European entrants to the World Cup. The Real Madrid star is now 19 caps away from Luis Figo’s record of 127 appearances for Portugal.
Ronaldo is going to face big challenges in the World Cup, and only time will tell if he can help his nation and overcome these challenges.
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