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Cristiano Ronaldo's heartwarming gesture with fan steals the show in Portugal vs Ireland friendly

Before the start of Portugal’s final Euro 2024 warm-up match, Cristiano Ronaldo captured the hearts of fans worldwide by helping a disabled child onto the pitch.

The Al-Nassr star, who was named in the starting line-up for the game against Ireland on Tuesday evening, made headlines for his touching gesture rather than just his performance on the field.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s touching act: assisting a disabled child onto the pitch

CR7’s actions prove why he is a great role model

The event, held at the Estadio Municipal de Aveiro, was highlighted by a viral clip posted on X.

The footage showed Ronaldo assisting a young mascot in a wheelchair, guiding her onto the pitch.

In a subsequent clip, Ronaldo was seen holding her hand during Portugal’s national anthem, a moment that resonated deeply with fans and viewers alike.

Ronaldo’s act of kindness seemed to bring good fortune to the team as he went on to score twice in the second half, leading Portugal to a comprehensive 3-0 victory over Ireland.

Ronaldo’s left-foot goal leaves fans stunned

The 39-year-old forward’s first goal was a spectacular effort, cutting in from the right and unleashing a powerful strike into the top-left corner.

He later secured his second goal with another impressive left-footed shot into the top-right corner, following a precise pass inside the box.

Earlier in the match, Ronaldo nearly scored from a long-range free-kick that struck the post.

His overall performance silenced critics who had recently questioned his place in Portugal’s starting line-up for the upcoming European Championship.

Among the skeptics was Arsenal legend Paul Merson, who suggested Ronaldo should be benched for the group stages.

Portugal’s head coach, Roberto Martinez, however, reaffirmed his faith in Ronaldo’s abilities and experience.

“Tomorrow we have Rben [Dias], Pepe, and Cristiano. It’s a perfect game to give minutes to the starters, but they will have minutes,”Martinez said during a pre-match press conference.

He emphasized Ronaldo’s invaluable experience and leadership, which he considers crucial for the team’s success.

“Cristiano’s focus, reaction to loss, and defensive positions were perfect during the games we played, the last eleven games. So for me, there are no doubts, there are no worries,”Martinez added.

Portugal is daring to dream for another Euro trophy

Following the match, Ronaldo expressed his thoughts on Portugal’s aspirations for Euro 2024.

“It’s good to stay grounded but with our minds in the sky, dreaming of the EURO. We dream and we are ready,” he told the state broadcaster RTP.

Reflecting on the team’s potential to replicate their 2016 triumph, he said, “We have the talent, but as I often say, talent needs to be worked on, nothing is given to you. And the team is ready to work.”

As the team heads into Euro 2024, fans will undoubtedly be inspired by both his skills and his spirit.


Last modified: 13 June 2024