Cristiano Ronaldo in Worldcup 2010
On 6 February 2007, one day after his 22nd birthday, CR7 captained Portugal for the first time in a friendly match against Brazil. This move was in honor of Carlos Silva, the PFF (Portuguese Football Federation) president. He had died two days earlier. Luiz Felipe Scolari (Portugal coach) explained that former PFF president asked him to make CR7 captain a gesture.
Ronaldo in Worldcup 2010 and Euro 2008
Cr7 was made full time captain of Portugal after UEFA Euro 2008. During Portugal’s UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying campaign, Cristiano Ronaldo scored eight goals, behind Ebi Smolarek (Poland), finished with only one goal in the tournament. CR7 was given the number 7 shirt for the first time in a major tournament when Portugal’s squad was announced for the tournament. In the group match against Czech Republic, Ronaldo was named man of the match. In the match Portugal won 3-1. Unfortunately Portugal was eliminated with a 3-2 loss against eventual finalists Germany.
Luiz Felipe Scolari was replaced a s Portugal coach with Carlos Queiroz, after Portugal’s unsuccessful performance in European Championship. CR7 was tackled by right-back Guy Demel which led to an argument and both being booked, on June 15, 2010 in Portugal’s opening 2010 World Cup match against Cote d’Ivoire. Portugal contacted FIFA to suggest that CR7’s yellow card be rescinded since he was “pulled into’’ the confrontation after having already moved away from the sport where he was tackled. The appeal was rejected. In all three of Portugal’s group match against Cote d’Ivoire, Cristiano Ronaldo was named man of the match. He scored his only one goal of the tournament against North Korea on 21st June. It was marked his first international goal in the last 16 months. In the round of 16, The World Cup ended for Portugal with a 1-0 loss against eventual champions Spain.