Euro 2016: It's not how I wanted to break Figo's record, says Ronaldo
Cristiano rues missed penalty in goalless draw against Austria after surpassing legendary Luis to become Portugal’s most-capped player
Paris: Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo promised to bounce back from missing from a penalty and the chance to break another goalscoring record at Euro 2016.
Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo reacts after missing a penalty against Austria on Saturday. Pic/Getty Images
Ronaldo hit the post from the spot with 11 minutes remaining in a 0-0 draw with Austria on Saturday when looking to become the first player to score in four separate European Championships.
Portugal now need to win against Hungary in their final Group F match on Wednesday to be assured of qualifying for the knockout stage.
“I missed some chances — a penalty and some other chances, but that’s part of football. We need to continue to believe,” said Ronaldo.
“The players, we need to think that it’s still possible; if we win, we qualify. And also the Portuguese people, the fans who love Portugal, they also have to believe in it.
“The bad won’t last forever, so we need to believe that things will go better.”
Ronaldo has now missed 19 penalties in his storied career on another frustrating night in front of goal after a 1-1 draw with Iceland in Portgual’s opening game.
The Real Madrid star slotted the best chance of the first-half wide and also saw a goal ruled out for offside as Portugal couldn’t turn their pressure and possession into goals.
However, it was a night of mixed emotions for the 31-year-old, as he broke Portugese legend Luis Figo’s appearances record by winning his 128th cap. Ronaldo is already Portugal’s all-time top scorer with 59 international goals.
“It’s a reason to be proud, reaching 128 international matches and beating the legendary Figo,” added Ronaldo.
“I know deep down he is also proud of that. Obviously, it was a goal to be the most capped international player, and also to be the national team’s top scorer.
“But obviously I’m a bit sad, because this wasn’t the way I wanted to break this record. The most beautiful way would have been... to win, and we couldn’t. We drew. So it was not how I envisaged it.”
Coach Santos dodges Ronaldo question Portugal coach Fernando Santos refused to say how Ronaldo was feeling after his second disappointing display in the tournament. “I prefer not to talk about this subject,” Santos said.