The man of the house was replaced on the 58th minute by his compatriot Ricardo Quaresma having scored the opener for his country.
The favorite son of Madeira was on the receiving end of a standing ovation after his stellar performance in the night for the Seleccao. Just as expected, his family alongside his girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez, were in the stands cheering him on as he made way for the dugout.
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Pic | Cristiano’s mother, son & girlfriend watching Portugal vs Sweden. pic.twitter.com/xnA406mmpi
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Having shown his capabilities, Coach Fernando Santos decided to give his star man a rest after what seems like a successful international break. Nonetheless, the four-time Ballon d’Or winner would have relished the idea of surpassing Miroslav Klose with a second goal of the night.
People in the stadium giving standing ovation to Ronaldo. Such a beautiful moment to watch ??…
— Thoshal Kovuru (@iamkthoshal) March 28, 2017
The hosts could not hold on as their Scandinivian opponents managed to get an equalizer a few minutes after Ronaldo went off, initially drawing the match 2:2. Sweden’s resilience was awarded with a 93rd minute winner via a Joao Cancelo own-goal to crash Ronaldo’s homecoming party.
@GamblingBandida ronaldo was taken off it was inevitable the the attacking force would detoriate
— Rafiial (@tigerslash123) March 28, 2017
Portugal 2-3 Sweden FT:
18′: ?? 1-0 ??
34′: ?? 2-0 ??
57′: ?? 2-1 ??
76′: ?? 2-2 ??
90+3′: ?? 2-3 ??
Comeback complete. pic.twitter.com/HI1iMW9dwQ
— Squawka News (@SquawkaNews) March 28, 2017
Nonetheless, the ex-Manchester United sensation is currently joint-third with the former Germany striker after netting his 71st goal. The king lives on to right another day. Up next is the official unveiling of the Cristiano Ronaldo Airport which is scheduled for Wednesday, March 29.
Over in Portugal, the Madeira airport will officially be re-named the “Cristiano Ronaldo Airport ” on Wednesday. ??? pic.twitter.com/nLmXJWuVRw
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