Misfiring Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo has found an unlikely ally at Euro 2016 in the form of Albania hero Armando Sadiku.
The Zurich striker netted his country’s first goal of their major tournament debut with what proved to be a memorable winner in the 1-0 victory over Romania in Lyon on Sunday.
It was pointed out to Armando Sadiku that he now has more goals at this European Championship than Portuguese superstar Ronaldo, who is proving something of a pantomime villain after criticising Iceland and missing a penalty against Austria.
“Cristiano Ronaldo is the best player in the world, he’s my idol,” he said.
“Ok, he wasn’t so good on Saturday, but I think he’s a little bit tired. He’s won the Champions League, played 50 games [sic] in La Liga, but he’s the best player in the world.
“It’s difficult to play as a lone striker against four defenders.
“The mentality of our team is to be good defensively and then counter-attack, so for me it’s difficult. I’m kaput, but I scored so I’m so happy.”
Armando Sadiku and Albania, having made history with their first victory on the big stage, must now wait for the other group-stage matches to be played before learning if they will progress as one of the four best third-placed teams.
“This win is for the fans, they’re incredible,” he added.
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