Success is one of the best ways to respond to critics and foes. Every time, life offers us an opportunity to see it happen again and again.
Again, we are seeing this in the life of some football lovers’ GOAT, Cristiano Ronaldo.
Ronaldo has received a surprise congratulatory message from Harry Maguire after marking his 200th Portugal appearance with a late winner.
In the 90th minute of Tuesday’s Euro 2024 qualifier against Iceland, Portugal’s legendary captain saved the day by scoring to give the visitors a 1-0 victory.
However, in honour of his 200th game with the Navigators and his record-extending 123rd international goal, Ronaldo posted a video on his Instagram account that featured a composite of all his best experiences wearing the green and maroon jersey and culminated with the goal he scored against Iceland.
Along with the video, he wrote a caption that read: “𝟐𝟎𝟎 𝐠𝐚𝐦𝐞𝐬 with the same commitment, dedication, and responsibility, just like the first time I played with this jersey.
“I am here, continuing to score, pursuing my dream and giving my all for the team and for our country. Por amor a Portugal”.
However, his former Real Madrid teammate Marcelo, with whom he shares a close bond, commented with three love-eye emojis.
But it was surprising to find Maguire congratulating Cristiano Ronaldo given that there were widespread reports of the defender being embroiled in a “power struggle” with the forward at Old Trafford.
The England international felt that his authority as the Red Devils skipper was being undermined by the presence of Ronaldo, which led to an alleged rift between the duo.
However, the reported feud seems to be in the past as Maguire replied, “Some achievement”, with clapping and fire emojis to Ronaldo’s post.
In addition to being thrilled to have played 200 times for his nation, Ronaldo was made extra happier by his timely arrival to score the game-winning goal against a tenacious Iceland defence.
“I’m so happy. To reach 200 caps is the kind of moment that you never expect. It’s an unbelievable achievement.
“And of course, to score the winning goal makes it even more special,” he said after the game.