Cristiano Ronaldo produced one of the great World Cup performances as his dramatic late free-kick earned Portugal a draw with Spain in a classic encounter in Sochi. Ronaldo was, well, Ronaldo. The star attraction for many of the thousands of fans from all over the world who gathered in Sochi did not disappoint.
On the same day he was given a two year suspended prison sentence and a €18 million fine for tax evasion by Spanish authorities, Cristiano Ronaldo has silenced the critics and produced a truly memorable performance against Spain. Oh the irony.
Ronaldo, who scored the 51st hat-trick of his career on Friday night, admitted four charges of fraud.
He then went one further and bagged again, but his hat-trick goal might have been one of his greatest yet.
The Real Madrid forward’s 88th-minute swerving set-piece soared into the top corner to deny the Spanish a much-needed victory at the end of what has been a painful week for them in the south of Russia.
Their build-up had been dominated by the shock departure of Julen Lopetegui as boss two days before the tournament started but by the final whistle at the Fisht Olympic Stadium there was only one name on everyone’s lips.