Cristiano Ronaldo: Fernando Santos, Portugal coach, hails Juventus forward after goal feat

Cristiano Ronaldo: Fernando Santos, Portugal coach, hails Juventus forward after goal feat

- Cristiano Ronaldo has been applauded as the world's best player, says Portugal manager Fernando Santos

- The 34-year-old superstar was unstoppable in the Euro 2020 Group B qualifying tie against Lithuania in Vilnius

- Ronaldo improved his international tally to 93 goals after his four-goal haul

Fernando Santos, Portugal coach, has hailed the performance of star forward Cristiano Ronaldo after his four-goal feat in the 5-1 defeat of Lithuania in a European Championship qualifiers.

The performance saw the Portuguese topple Robbie Keane’s 23 goals record in European Championship qualifiers with 24 goals - to emerge all-time top scorer

Equally, the 34-year-old also celebrated his eighth Portugal hat-trick with his display in the Euro 2020 Group B qualifying clash in Vilnius, a performance his total international goal haul to 93 goals.

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Santos insists Ronaldo’s memorable brilliance on the night is a clear testimony he’s the best player in the world.

"This is the clear and irrevocable proof that he is the best player in the world," Santos said following the Euro 2020 qualifying rout away from home.

"There is no stadium in the world where Ronaldo is not applauded," Santos added. "He is the best in the world.

"We went to Paris in my first game, and the hotel in France was just across the street. There were a thousand people at our door."

Santos continued: "I think it's strange when he doesn't score. They say it is ending ... Nothing is ending. You have to be careful because it never ends."

The Portuguese superstar now at 93 goal, is chasing Iran's Ali Daei international scoring record of 109 times for the Middle East nation.

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He will be looking forward to October as Portugal play host to Luxembourg before heading to Kiev to tackle Ukraine as Euro 2020 qualifying returns during the international break. reported earlier that Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal and Juventus star, currently pockets wages three times more than any other player plying their trade in the Italian topflight.

According to Daily Mail citing Gazzetta dello Sport, the five-time Ballon D'or winner, earns £28m-a-year salary after taxes at Juventus, three times more than new teammate Matthijs de Ligt, who happens to be the second highest earner in Serie A.

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