Ronaldo in Euro 2004 and Summer Olympics 2004
CR7 was called up for Euro 2004. He scored his first international goal in a 2-1 group stage loss to eventual champions Greece. He scored again in a 2-1 semi final win over the Netherlands. Ronaldo was featured in the UEFA Euro All-Star Team of the competition. He provided two assists and scored two goals. Cristiano Ronaldo also represented Portugal at Summer Olympics 2004. He scored a goal in the tournament. Unfortunately Portuguese Olympic football squad was eliminated in the first round.
World Cup (2006)
CR7 was the second-highest scorer in the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification in the European zone with seven goals. Ronaldo scored his first World cup goal against Iran with a penalty kick in Portugal’s second match in the group stage. On 1st July 2006, during a quarter final match against England, CR7’s United team fellow Wayne Rooney was sent off for stamping on Portugal defender Ricardo Carvalho. It was speculated by the English media that CR7 had influenced referee Horacio Elizondo’s decision by aggressively complaining after which he was seen in replay winking at Portuguese bench following Rooney’s dismissal. CR7 insisted after the match that Rooney was his friend and he (Ronaldo) was not pushing him to be sent off.
Elizondo clarified that the red card was due to Rooney’s infraction and not the fracas between CR7 and Rooney, on July 4. Ronaldo left United due to angry reaction from the English press. He allegedly told Spanish sports Daily Marca that he wished to move Real Madrid. Ferguson sent Portuguese assistant manager Carlos Queiroz to persuade Ronaldo to change his decision. It was the response to Newspaper’s speculation. Unlike speculation, Ronaldo stayed there and signed his new five year extension in April 2007. Cristiano Ronaldo was hissed during Portugal’s semi final defeat to France. He missed out on the competition’s Best Young player award due to negative e mail campaign from England fans. Nomination process was affected by online vote. Germany’s Lukas Podolski was awarded with the honor by FIFA’s Technical Study Group. They cited Ronaldo’s behavior as a factor in the decision.
Ronaldo in Euro 2004 and Summer Olympics 2004, CR7 in Euro 2004 and Summer Olympics 2004