LUXEMBOURG: Cristiano Ronaldo remains “very important” player for Portugal, coach Roberto Martinez said on Sunday after veteran striker scored second subsequent curly brace in Euro 2024 qualifying against Luxembourg.
38-year-old opened an account for winners of Euro 2016, turning in Title and slot by Nuno Mendez home another in 31st minute for Portugal won 6-0.
ronaldo, who also netted twice against Liechtenstein on Thursday upped his records of most men international matches and goals to 198 and 122 respectively.
“Cristiano is unique player in V world, with V highest number of international capsMartinez said. who It has restored Ronaldo to the starting lineup after being dropped during the 2022 World Cup. in Qatar.
” experience he has for the dressing room is very important.
“All players have an important role. The younger ones because of their readiness play And players like Cristiano Ronaldo, Rui Patricio and Bernardo Silva bring experience.
“It’s important to have complete wardrobe.”
Martinez joined Portugal after the World Cup, replacing Fernando Santos who was in board since 2014.
The Spaniard received a fine start, with his team already two points clear on the top of Group J, scoring 10 goals without reply.
Joao Felix, Bernardo Silva, Otavio and Rafael Leao were all also on protocol in Luxembourg.