Portugal defender Jose Fonte believes Cristiano Ronaldo is the best and will always continue to be the best for his team.
Ronaldo has scored four goals so far in World Cup 2018 and is leading the race for the Golden Boot.
And speaking ahead of Portugal’s game against Iran, Fonte emphasized how important Ronaldo is for the team and how he continues to break records one after the other.
Cristiano Ronaldo says Portugal still have plenty of room for improvement, despite their 1-0 success over Morocco on Wednesday.
“I’m very happy. The most important thing was to win the game and to get the three points,” Ronaldo said after a hard-fought victory.
“We knew if we lost we could be out. We knew Morocco would be giving their all. It was a surprise at the start because they were so strong.
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“I managed to score a goal, it was great for me.”
Portugal’s final group stage encounter is against Iran on June 25 in Saransk, and Ronaldo hopes his team can top their group.
“Our expectation is to continue our work and try to improve in the group phase,” Ronaldo said.
“We’re almost there (knockout stages) and then we’ll see. We’ll take things match after match. We will try to come first in the group.”
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The 33-year-old’s fourth minute bullet header winner was remarkably his 85th international goal, taking him ahead of legend Ferenc Puskas (84 goals in 89 caps for Hungary and Spain between 1945-62) in the overall European goalscoring stakes.
He now leads the Europe list, with Ronaldo’s record haul coming from 152 matches.
The Real Madrid legend made his international debut way back in 2003 and will be gunning for World Cup success this summer, following on from Portugal’s Euro 2016 triumph two years ago.
In the grand scheme of things, Ronaldo now stands at number two in the all-time international goalscoring charts. Only Iran hero Ali Daei, who struck 109 goals in 149 matches, is ahead of him.