Portugal Make History, Win First UEFA Nations League

Portugal Make History, Win First UEFA Nations League

It was excellent, I'm very happy. Ronaldo has been in 3 finals with Portugal - won TWO.

Silva's team-mates congratulated the Manchester City star but Ronaldo looked quite distant towards Silva.

"If you want to win you have to play well, and if Portugal won we had to play well, whether it was handsome or not", said Portugal coach Fernando Santos. Last week FIFA boss Gianni Infantino revived the idea of a global Nations League idea for women's football.

Rui Patricio was quickly called into action to stop Memphis Depay's downwards header to prevent another comeback.

So long the almost men on the worldwide stage, their Euro 2016 triumph - the country's first title - was a culmination of a golden period during which they have also reached the Euro 2004 final, the 2006 World Cup semi-finals and the last four at Euro 2012.

However, unlike in midweek when Frenkie de Jong dominated the midfield against the English, Holland's latest Barcelona-bound star was unable to seize control of the game and their lack of a top-class striker left the Dutch toothless up front.

"We've made a lot of progress".

Someone else said: 'He doesn't even hide it anymore lol'.

Portugal midfielder Ruben Neves has hailed his worldwide team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo as the greatest player of all time, after the Juventus man guided his country to Nations League success on Sunday night.

Meanwhile, Cristiano Ronaldo insisted he has no immediate plans to retire from worldwide football after helping Portugal lift the inaugural Nations League.

And breathe. That brings us up to the present day and a hat-trick against Switzerland that reiterated Ronaldo's status as one of the greatest ever big-name players.

A complex format that saw Uefa's 55 nations split into four tiers with promotion and relegation on offer, as well as the chance of a playoff to qualify for next year's European Championships, took some time to get used to.

"Portugal has won important things like Euro 2016 and now the Nations League".

Both victories have come on home soil. "I want to help young players and they want to help me, it's a ideal connection", he added. "I will always give my best and the Portuguese are always on my side so I thank them for their enthusiasm for me".

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