As if it wasn't the case already, Cristiano Ronaldo enhanced his status as a great of global football on Friday night. The court found Messi had funneled income earned from his image rights through countries such as Uruguay, Switzerland and Belize, evading more than 4 million euros in taxes from 2007 to 2009. People were waiting for him to get old and play worse, but he is only improving.
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Gyan has scored across nine major global tournaments, including the African Cup of Nations.
Only Brazil's Pele and Germany duo Uwe Seeler and Miroslav Klose can boast a comparable record on the world's biggest football stage.
The Real Madrid forward was superb in Portugal's 3-3 World Cup draw with Spain yesterday, giving his team the flawless start with a penalty, putting them 2-1 ahead and popping up at the death, cool as you like, to whip home a free kick and complete a magnificent hat-trick.More news: USA to Suspend War Games With South Korea After Kim Summit
"More than his physical shape, it's his mental strength", mused Portugal coach Fernando Santos.
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Ronaldo is unlikely to serve any time in jail under the deal because Spanish law states that a sentence of under two years for a first offence can be served on probation.
But Ronaldo was clearly not distracted by that, and his team-mate Bernardo Silva admitted after the game that "when he plays like that, everything is possible".
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Ronaldo is now the oldest player to have recorded a treble at the World Cup finals, while he has also netted at eight straight global tournaments. His focus is fully on the World Cup, with Portugal's next match against Morocco in Moscow next Wednesday. "Cristiano is the best in the world".