Cristiano Ronaldo headed into the 2014 World Cup finals as the best player in the world.
Although Barcelona forward Lionel Messi may be the best ‘overall’, during the 2013-14 season, there was no footballer on the planet better than Real Madrid star Ronaldo.
Having won the 2013 FIFA Ballon d’Or award and guiding Los Blancos to their 10th Champions League crown in history, the 29-year-old forward was set to star for his country Portugal in Brazil.
However, towards the end of the 2013-14 campaign, the former Manchester United winger struggled with injuries, and there were doubts on whether he would be able to feature for Portugal at the World Cup.
Ronaldo eventually regained his full fitness, but so far he has failed to shine. The former Sporting Lisbon star suffered humiliation in his first World Cup game in Brazil, as Germany hammered the Seleccao 4-0 at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador. Ronaldo failed to do anything concrete and did not get enough time on the ball to weave his magic.
Portugal’s second Group G clash against the USA at the Arena da Amazonia in Manaus on Sunday was meant to be Ronaldo’s game. However, once again, he flattered to deceive, as Paulo Bento’s side required a 95th-minute strike from Silvestre Varela to rescue a point.
Once again, Ronaldo failed to spark during the 90 minutes, but it was his sensational cross in injury time that has kept alive Portugal’s slim chances of progressing to the round of 16.
On the other hand, Nani had a better time against the USA. The United winger, who struggled last season, opened the scoring for Portugal after just five minutes with a shot from close range and was unlucky not to add a second late on in the first half when his powerful drive came back off the frame of the USA goal.
Football fans around the world were watching the clash, and here is what they made of the performances of Ronaldo and Nani.
Messi: 2 Games - 2 Goals - 2 Man of the Match Ronaldo: 2 Games - 0 Goals - 2 New Haircut— AshwinSarcasticFerns (@ashshanuferns) June 23, 2014
#nani still as frustratingly moronic as usual. and getting on the ball the most he surely had the most touches— Billy Donovan (@billod86) June 23, 2014
Nearly went missing this morning slipping on something down Regent St luckily I've got the balance of Ronaldo #matrix— Bradley (@BMcLean90) June 23, 2014
People are creaming about Ronaldo's cross last night. 3 defenders and 1 attacker in the box. Poor defending if you ask me.— JOEL (@RomanNoseDits) June 23, 2014
I am sick of people saying that #Ronaldo had a moment of brilliance in the 95th minute. Players cross all the time. Its Basic Football.— Zach Sherburne (@Z_Sherbs) June 23, 2014
I don't think no can still believe that goal #ronaldo is legend what a pass— Stylo G (@Stylog) June 22, 2014