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Analysis: Ronaldo will have to wait for his 700th career goal

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After a convincing victory against Luxembourg, Cristiano Ronaldo will have to wait in order to score his 700th career goal.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal defeated Luxembourg on Friday as part of the UEFA Euro 2020 Qualifiers, the captain will have to wait for his 700th career goal to happen.

Everybody was eager to watch Cristiano score two goals in order to reach this magic number, which falls perfectly into place for him in numerology terms.

CR7 is how the whole world knows him, it is only natural that he would celebrate getting to this point in his career.

But Ronaldo will have to wait until Monday for a chance to break this new record, he will have to reach this stat in Ukraine.

The match today was another test for the Portugal National Team, manager Fernando Santos lined up his most competitive starting eleven to face Luxembourg.

In fact, the gaffer no longer has doubts about some players who weren’t prominent inside the squad.

Joao Felix got a start and he proved that he needs to play more regularly, he had at least two chances to score his goal but he missed them.

Regardless of how unlucky he was in front of goal, the Atletico Madrid youngster was one of the best players on the pitch alongside Cristiano Ronaldo.

The attack formed by these two players plus Bernardo Silva and Bruno Fernandes, turns Portugal into one of the most feared teams in the world right now.

The Manchester City player was the one who scored the first goal of the evening, he did it after getting an assist from Nelson Semedo.

It was early in the first half, and Portugal seemed like they were going to get a historic result.

However, Luxembourg’s defense was too tough for the Portugal frontline.

The locals weren’t able to score another goal during the first half, they would need to return stronger after the break in order to get more chances.

Cristiano Ronaldo wasn’t able to convince the people who attended Jose Alvalade Stadium in Lisbon, but they had a gut feeling that he would at least get a goal.

After a lot of grinding from the Portugal squad, the Luxembourg defense made a terrible mistake with 25 minutes left on the clock.

Ronaldo was there to hunt the chance, and he stood alone in front of the goalkeeper after a gift from a defender.

Cristiano decided to dink the ball over the goalie, which gave Portugal the 2-0 result and Ronaldo his 699th career-goal.

The rest of the second half gave us an obsessed captain, he was determined to get that 700th goal but the magic moment didn’t come for him.

Ironically, Marca does credit Ronaldo with that number because they count a goal that wasn’t his own in La Liga during his time at Real Madrid.

Ronaldo will have to wait a little longer.

With that next goal pending, Portugal did get the third one after Gonçalo Guedes scored it near the end of the match.

The Valencia man scored his goal during a corner kick after coming on the pitch from the bench.

With only a minute left on the clock, the local team had the final 3-0 victory in the bag.

But the man of the hour is still Cristiano Ronaldo, he still kept making history despite failing to reach that magic number.

This is the Portugal captain’s 94th goal with Portugal, a number that leaves him only 15 goals below Iran’s Ali Daei as the all-time top scorer from any national team in history.

We all have that gut feeling that this record is easily attainable for Cristiano, there is no way that he won’t try to reach it before hanging up his boots.

The next match for Portugal will happen in Ukraine, this will be the setting for Ronaldo to finally score his 700th career goal.

If this happens, we officially propose that the whole world starts calling him CR-700 until he reaches his 800th goal.

What this man keeps doing on a weekly basis never ceases to amaze the world, we will sorely miss him when he decides to retire.

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