Cristiano Ronaldo says Portugal were in 'dire straights'

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Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice for Portugal last night, helping his team to qualify for the last 16 and breaking a record in the process. Surely this was his time to talk to the world's media.

But, in the aftermath of the 3-3 draw against Hungary, a defiant 31-year-old gave journalists the cold shoulder and refused to answer any questions.

Despite Ronaldo's two goals, Portugal still failed to win their third and final group game, meaning they go into their last 16 without a win on their backs.

Portugal were forced to come from a goal down three times to ensure they made it out of Group F and snuck through as one of the final third-placed teams.

The Real Madrid star, whose goals were certainly what one would call world-class, released an official statement to compensate for his lack of presence in the mixed zone. In that statement, he said he was simply happy to qualify after claiming the team were in "dire straights".

Dire straights

He said: "We played a good match, it was a little insane - Hungary scored and then Portugal scored - and it was very hot.

"Personally I was happy as the team was in dire straits - three times we had to chase down the score and three times we came back.

"It's for me a privilege to be named man of the match but our priority was to win the match and we failed to do that. The bottom line is that we wanted to qualify."


Although it may have gone under the radar in what was surely the game of Euro 2016 so far, Ronaldo became the first player to score in four successive European Championships, a record which Lionel Messi will never be able to match.

Although saying the priority is to win the tournament, Ronaldo admitted that he was happy to accumulate such an impressive feat, but said the whole team needs to improve if they are to beat Croatia in the next round.

He said: "This is another record but, like I always say, that comes naturally. Of course, I cannot say I'm not happy as these are good records. But the priority was to make it through.

"Croatia are a good team but the odds are 50-50 and whoever plays the best match will go through. We saw highlights of the Spain match and they are a tough team with very good players.

"Not every team manages to beat Spain so we respect them. We know their strengths but we will look them in the eyes when we face them."

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