It had happened to one day

It had to happen one day. In news what’s even more difficult to take than Walkers crisps discontinuing their BBQ flavour crisps and Freddo’s no longer being 10p.

Sports fans and avid readers of the-sports-buff.com, we are talking about Portuguese superstar one Cristiano Ronaldo. CR7, who at 37, is arguably coming towards the end of his career, a career which has been a brilliant one.

Ronaldinho and Ronaldo (R9) who are two of the greatest players I have seen, these players too had to face the inevitability of their careers ending. The Portuguese Ronaldo is no different, footballing old age comes to all.

After seeing his Manchester United career end somewhat prematurely, Ronaldo of the Cristiano variety is now, or so it appears is coming to the end of an elite international career.

He’s just been dropped for one game, ardent fans of the Portuguese legend will say, but the man who replaced him, Benfica striker Goncalo Ramos, scored three on his debut!

It was a massive call by manager Fernando Santos, but sadly it appears to Portugal, just like Manchester United before them, function better without their veteran forward.

Joao Felix and Bruno Fernandes were brilliant against the Swiss, maybe because they have more room to operate. In Ramos, the Seleção das Quinas have someone up top with arguably more mobility.

When Ronaldo did start, all he has to show for his efforts was a penalty against Ghana, all the way back in the first game. This Portugal team, which is arguably one of their best ever, have even more talent up top.

AC Milan forward Rafael Leao demonstrated his undoubted talent by adding his name to the score sheet. As for Ronaldo, he did come on, but there was a feeling of seismic change.

Cristiano, would come on to change the game and maybe add some goals to the scoreline. Against Switzerland however, there was a testimonial feeling to CR7’s appearance on the pitch.

He might not want to admit it, but last night seemed to me like a passing of the torch moment. As Ronaldo’s light might be getting dimmer, newer lights are shining brighter for Portugal.

We all get old someday, Ron. It looks like, now is your time to be the veteran and pass the torch to the new kid on the block, just like Louis Figo did for you.

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