Portugal’s 3-goal hero, Goncalo Ramos, has named his football idols after helping his national side beat Switzerland 6-1 in the Round of 16 of the FIFA World Cup in Qatar on Tuesday.
Ramos was used as Portugal’s point man instead of more established strikers, and Ronaldo was shockingly dropped on the bench.
The 21-year-old Ramos repaid the faith manager Fernando Santos had in him by scoring a hat-trick.
It was the Benfica striker’s very first start for his country, and he made an instant impact, becoming the first player in Qatar to score a hat-trick.
“He [Ronaldo] is my reference and an idol to many of us. "Cristiano Ronaldo, Robert Lewandowski, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic—those players are my role models,” he told reporters after the game.
Ronaldo will be hoping to return to the starting XI when Portugal take on Morocco in the quarterfinals of the World Cup this weekend.
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