Ronaldo’s Incredeble Hatrick ..kills off Ibrahimvic’s world cup dream



cristiano-ronaldoSometimes words cannot do a deed justice but last night in Stockholm Sweden coach Erik Hamren filled the vacuum with a simple gesture. On seeing Cristiano Ronaldo tear out his heart with his hat-trick goal, Hamren turned away, puffed out his cheeks and slowly shook his head.

His team had been felled by brilliance and he knew it. At times there is very little a coach or his players can do.

Sweden, let us remember, had moments earlier threatened to achieve something quite special themselves. Trailing by one on the night – and two on aggregate – after Ronaldo’s 50th minute goal, Hamren’s team somehow roused themselves to score twice through Zlatan Ibrahimovic to bring this occasion to a most unlikely boiling point.

With the Friends Arena in a frenzy, Portuguese minds began to frazzle. Could they really throw a place in Brazil away?

For a moment it looked like they could as Sweden, fuelled by adrenaline, swarmed forwards. Having scored twice in four minutes, they needed just one more.

Great players, though, don’t feel panic, they only see further opportunity to exhibit their genius.

And so it was here as Ronaldo broke away twice to complete a hat-trick that – simply because of the circumstances – deserves to stand alongside anything he has done previously in his gilded career.

Ibrahimovic will reflect on his own stoic contribution and perhaps wonder what his international career may have brought him had he played with better players. The Swede, though, simply cannot drive a game like Ronaldo can.

With twenty minutes left, only a fool would have placed a bet. Equally, though, only a fool would have bet against Ronaldo having the decisive influence.

Sure enough he found himself on the end of two brutally effective Portuguese counters – in the 76th and 78th minutes – to score with either foot and the lasting impression of each of his three goals is that at no time was there ever any doubt that he would score.

That in itself is part of the genius. Whether any individual can ever truly master his sport is debatable but Ronaldo has recently come as close as anybody.

After the match, however, via his official app, the striker wrote: “One thing is for sure; a WC without me is not worth watching — so it’s not worth waiting for it.”

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