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Football: Reinvented Ronaldo still as relentless for Portugal as ever

Cristiano Ronaldo will be keen to better his tally of three goals from three World Cups when European champions Portugal begin their campaign in Russia.
Cristiano Ronaldo will be keen to better his tally of three goals from three World Cups when European champions Portugal begin their campaign in Russia.

If Portugal's ageing defence can deliver, star man can power them to another shock win

The enduring images of Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal career are not of any of the 81 goals. Nor, arguably, of him lifting the one trophy, the first in his country's history.

They are of him seemingly supplanting his manager in the Euro 2016 final, urgently dispensing instructions from the technical area. A few metres away was coach Fernando Santos, but Ronaldo, 33, has a tendency to upstage everyone around him.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 04, 2018, with the headline 'Reinvented Ronaldo still as relentless as ever'. Print Edition | Subscribe