Monday, June 11, 2012

Richard Williams: Not even Cristiano Ronaldo can inspire this Portugal side

At least Cristiano Ronaldo, unlike his old team-mate Ryan Giggs, gets to play in major tournaments. But the burden of underachievement on the biggest of stages must weigh heavily on his shoulders, and there were few signs that it will be eased in the coming days.

The world's most expensive footballer started his fifth major tournament with Portugal last night, hoping to make his first significant impact. Two European Championships, two World Cups, and only five goals to show from 19 matches in those competitions: not the sort of statistics to be treasured by a player who has spent the past three years writing the record books with his club.

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