While Cristiano Ronaldo captured all the attention before Portugal’s World Cup match against Switzerland, it was Goncalo Ramos who ultimately stole the show ‘with his sensational performance.
After a turbulent exit from Manchester United, following a car-crash interview with Piers Morgan, CR7 looked to make things right on the international stage. And initially, he looked like doing just that.
A penalty against Ghana, cemented him as the first player in history to score goals in five World Cups. But just like his return to Old Trafford, he went from hero to zero in the blink of an eye.
Manager, Fernando Santos, subbed the legend during Portugal’s game against South Korea, a decision which did not go down well with the player. He reacted badly and it cost him a place in the nation’s last-16 encounter against Switzerland.
However, while the photographers sat near the dugout with the intention of getting a snap of the disgruntled forward, they quickly switched their attention to one of the finest showings in recent memory.
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Goncalo Ramos shocks the world with incredible World Cup showing
On the biggest night of his life, the 21-year-old stepped up to the plate. With a performance that embodied all the ingredients of a future all-time great, Ramos blew the crowd away with his silky skills and finishing ability.
The Benfica man found the back of the net on three occasions, breaking Hungary’s Florian Albert’s record as the youngest player to ever score a hattrick in the competition.
Following 74 glorious minutes, he stepped off the field of play, having recorded a plethora of magnificent statistics. He secured the most shots (six), shots on target (five) and touches in the opposition box (six).
Therefore, with a performance so impressive, he will likely remain as a starter, leaving Ronaldo in no man’s land.
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