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Ronaldo: 'I do not have to prove anything to anyone'

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Ronaldo: 'I do not have to prove anything to anyone'

Cristiano Ronaldo versus Zlatan Ibrahimovic, they called it. It could have been Ronaldo versus the rest of the world and he would still have won. On this night, he was just that good.

Portugal is going to the World Cup with the accusations that it is a one-man team, but when the character in question can deliver performances like the one Ronaldo turned in at the Friends Arena on Tuesday, then why is that such a bad thing?

Sweden took some time to get going, and when Ronaldo opened the scoring in the 50th minute with a splendid finish on the counterattack from a Joao Moutinho pass, it looked dead and buried. Sweden fought back thanks to two goals from the brilliant Ibrahimovic which leveled the scores on aggregate but left the nation still trailing on away goals.


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