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This is Triple A, the founder of CRD. "Triple A" being my nickname because my full name is Angela Akua Asante. From time to time, I wear the gloves of the writers on the team and I activate my fingers on my keyboard to publish stories. Power to this growing community of Cristiano Ronaldo fans. To me, football wouldn't make sense without the existence of CR7!
Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid achievements in 9 years

Ronaldo’s 9 years at Real Madrid: goals, games, awards, trophies listed

What has Ronaldo achieved in 9 years at Real Madrid? In two words, "a lot". It's 6 July 2018 and World Football -- the media,...
Angela Akua Asante in Russia - Sochi FanFest 2018 FIFA World Cup

Cristiano’s World Cup is over; my Russian experience continues

June 30th signaled the end of the road for my adored Cristiano Ronaldo and his nation at the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Does this...
Angela Akua Asante inside the Mordova Arena

My last Portugal match… until the final? [CR7 World Cup travel blog]

Tonight's thrilling clash between Uruguay and Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal could be my last match watching the Seleccao from the media tribune in Russia. This could...
Cristiano Ronaldo yellow card (1)

Uruguay vs Portugal: Cristiano close to World Cup suspension

Cristiano Ronaldo's anger management will be tested on Saturday when Portugal entertains Uruguay at the Fisht Stadium. The captain of the European champions is one...

Penalties at Saransk Airport with this Iranian kid – CR7 World Cup travel blog

What happens at Saransk Airport when a bouncing ball and a child's screams wake you up from your nap? Well, you wake up and join...
Quaresma and Cristiano (1)

Twitter loses it as Quaresma scores Portugal’s first non-CR7 goal

Because the Portuguese national team is so dependent on their talismanic captain, Cristiano Ronaldo... From the start of the match, there was no denying Iran's...

World Cup: Portugal’s Group B scenarios explained before Iran match

Matchday 3 of the 2018 FIFA World Cup is upon us and almost nothing has been decided. That's the beauty and thrill of the...
Angela Akua Asante with crazy CR7 fans (1)

Exactly 14 years ago, my Ronaldo story began — CR7 World Cup travel series

June 20, 2004, is a date I can never forget. There are moments that turn around your life forever. Portugal's Euro 2004 clash against...
And La Furia Roja was the Portuguese icon's victim. Cristiano Ronaldo is the third Portuguese footballer to net a goal against Spain at European Championship of World Cup level. He follows the likes of Nuno Gomes at Euro 2004 and Antonio de Sousa at Euro 1984.  On Friday night in Sochi, Madeira's most popular and influential man stretched his unique achievement of scoring in consecutive major international tournaments to nine. It took him only four minutes to do so from the spot after the referee judged he'd been fouled in the penalty box. So what are these eight previous competitions in which CR7 has engraved his name as a goalscorer? and how many strikes did he get in each of those? Let's take you down the memory lane. Since 2006: Never a World Cup without a Ronaldo goal Cristiano Ronaldo is playing in his fourth World Cup and he's scored at least one goal in each of them. The first time he did so was against Iran in Germany 2006. Figo was the Portuguese national team's penalty taker, back then. However, he assigned his future successor. The latter made no mistake. And when he was done, the emotion he felt was so intense that he fell on his knees and screamed his joy to the sky with tears in his eyes. In the quarter-finals against England, Ronaldo took the decisive spot-kick to send England packing; but goals in penalty shoot-outs are not recorded in scoring charts.  In South Africa 2010, CR7 knocked in Portugal's sixth goal from their 7-0 trouncing of North Korea in the group stages. The Iberians, unfortunately, exited the tournament in the Last 16.  At the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, the Euro 2004 hosts suffered a worse journey as they went home after only three matches. The last of those saw Cristiano net the winning goal in a consolation victory over Ghana.  In total, Ronaldo entered Russia 2018 with three goals in three World Cup experiences. Remarkably, by half-time in the opening match, he had already matched two-thirds of his World Cup career tally. Four straight European Championship appearances, nine goals This achievement adds up to the 33-year-old's excellent goalscoring record at the continental level. In the European Championship where he boasts a trophy, Ronaldo has done wonders since the age of 19. He scored twice in his major international tournament debut (one against Greece and one against the Netherlands) as Portugal hosted Euro 2004. He went on to score a solitary goal against the Czech Republic at Euro 2008 -- a tournament which was tainted by his unfortunate leg injury and increasing fatigue following a long season with ex-club Manchester United.  In Euro 2012, Ronaldo finished the tournament tied on three goals alongside fellow topscorers Italy's Mario Balotelli, Russia's Alan Dzagoev, Germany's Mario Gomez, Croatia's Mario Mandzukic and eventual champion Fernando Torres. Two of CR7's trio of goals came against the Netherlands in a do-or-die Matchday 3 fixture. The final one came in the quarter-finals against the Czechs. The 1-0 score line was enough to send the Seleccao into the semi-finals where he did not even had the chance to execute his spotkick as Portugal lost in penalties to the Spaniards.  Four years later, the best captain in the world provided the necessary means to send his country into the final of Euro 2016 where they beat hosts France to lay their hands on the trophy. Again, his tally stopped at three goals: a life-saving brace against Hungary to qualify from the group stages, and a powerful strike to down Wales in the semis. He will be remembered for offering his Silver Boot to then vice-captain Nani.  The FIFA Confederations Cup made it eight! After making it four consecutive UEFA European Championships in which he put his name on the scoring sheet, Cristiano did the same at his first ever FIFA Confederations Cup participation. He extended his record to eight consecutive competitions against hosts Russia before adding one more goal against minnows New Zealand.  Cristiano Ronaldo simply gets better with age, it seems!

Breakdown of Ronaldo’s goals in nine straight major international tournaments

And La Furia Roja was the Portuguese icon's victim. Cristiano Ronaldo is the third Portuguese footballer to net a goal against Spain at European Championship...

A “Siuuu-per” birthday – CR7 World Cup travel blog

Roman the Robot is one cool dude… He proclaims himself to be Cristiano Ronaldo’s number one fan! On Tuesday, I finally landed in Sochi and...

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