The World Cup 2018 in Russia needed a match like Portugal v Spain to help fans forget all the pre-tournament worries and controversies and learn to love the game again.
Well, Portugal and Spain delivered, with Cristiano Ronaldo scoring a hat-trick and ruthlessly announcing himself in this year’s World Cup.
Ronaldo often is perceived as distant and arrogant, and that image wasn’t helped when the day before his opening game it was revealed that he had reportedly agreed to accept an €18.8 million fine and a suspended jail term to settle tax evasion charges in Spain.
I've always really disliked Ronaldo. Decided I can't anymore. Kids worship him, fans adore him. Imagine if he was English? Imagine if we had a player that good? Took me years, but now I'm sold #PORSPA#Ronaldo