Euro 2016: Santos backs Ronaldo to break duck vs Hungary
Portugal coach Fernando Santos is backing misfiring Cristiano Ronaldo to break his Euro 2016 duck by netting against Hungary today to help fire his side into the last 16
Lyon (France): Portugal coach Fernando Santos is backing misfiring Cristiano Ronaldo to break his Euro 2016 duck by netting against Hungary today to help fire his side into the last 16.
Cristiano Ronaldo and (inset) Fernando Santos
Ronaldo set a new Portuguese record with his 128th international cap in Saturday's goalless draw with Austria — a milestone overshadowed by his penalty miss.
He crashed a 79th-minute spot-kick against the post in Paris having also failed to score in the 1-1 draw with Iceland last Tuesday.
The star that fans either love or hate won few Icelandic friends by slamming their team's "small mentality" after the draw. "Ronaldo is a player who scores a lot of goals and I'm sure he will score in the next game against Hungary," said Santos.
Ronaldo is still waiting for his opening goal to become the first person to score at four consecutive European championship finals. The 31-year-old is yet to hit the net at Euro 2016, despite 20 chances so far.
Number of times Ronaldo has played for Portugal