Love him loathe him, there is no denying Ronaldo delivers when it matters most. Just over five weeks after he struck the decisive penalty shoot-out kick to win the Champions League final for Real Madrid against city rivals Ateletico Ronaldo scored one goal and created another to send Portugal into the Euro 2016 final with a 2-0 victory over Wales.
"The national team is everything. I want to help the national team as much as I can, not only with goals but also by running and coming back to defend," he said.
The close focus on the pair was not only because Real had spent more to bring Bale from Tottenham Hotspur in 2013 than they had to sign Ronaldo from Manchester United four years earlier and not just due to the constant speculation that the two are not exactly close friends.