Cristiano Ronaldo may have been the cynosure of all eyes as he inspired Portugal to a 3-0 win over Algeria in their final 2018 FIFA World Cup warm-up match, but he certainly wasn’t the crowd’s favourite after the full-time whistle sounded for his son stole the show with some golazos of his own.
The 33-year-old Ronaldo was playing for the first time since Real Madrid’s UEFA Champions League final win over Liverpool last month and showed no rustiness as he nabbed an assist on his 150th appearance for the Iberian nation.
Goncalo Guedes grabbed a brace and Bruno Fernandes scored the other as Fernando Santos’ men snapped their winless streak just in time before the World Cup kicks off.
It was the perfect result for the European champions on a momentous day for Ronaldo but after the full-time whistle ‘CR7 Junior’ proved he’s taken after his dad with some sumptuous strikes of his own, much to the delight of the crowd at the Estadio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica:
Portugal, who had drawn their previous warm-up ties with Tunisia (2-2) and Belgium (0-0), will now start ramping up preparations for the FIFA World Cup.
Drawn in Group B, Portugal have a tough opener as they are pitted against former world champions Spain. The June 15 tie could well determine who tops their group.
The other teams in their group are Iran and Morocco, which would mean that the European giants are favourites to progress to the knockouts but will have to be wary of complacency.