Cristiano Ronaldo’s anger over Romelu Lukaku ahead of Portugal and Belgium Euro 2020 tie
Two of the best goal-scorers at Euro 2020 are set to do battle on Sunday evening
Cristiano Ronaldo and Romelu Lukaku have a curious history after a social media incident last year highlighted their competitive relationship. The animosity adds an extra layer of spice ahead of Portugal’s mouth-watering clash with Belgium on Sunday evening which is set to be the pick of the last 16 Euro 2020 ties.
Ronaldo blocked Transfermarkt on Twitter in 2020 after they placed the same £67.5million valuation on him as Inter Milan striker Lukaku.
The Portuguese legend struck back at the popular social media account by telling them that ‘he is not happy with his market value’.
Granted, there were some curious numbers in that same report which suggested Christian Eriksen was Serie A’s most valuable player at £81m.
Although there is little doubt that Ronaldo has enjoyed a superior career to Lukaku, the former Madrid man seemingly forgot that his eight-year age difference to the Belgian played its own part in the numbers.
So far, CR7 is enjoying a fantastic Euro 2020 campaign, leading the way with five goals in just three group matches.
His two penalties against France made him the overall leading scorer across European Championships and World Cups combined.
Furthermore, his barely believable tally of 109 international goals tied the all-time record which has been held by Iranian striker Ali Daei for well over a decade.
Despite the never-ending stack of records tumbling at Ronaldo’s feet, his national side could only claim third spot in their group of death which contained France, Germany and Hungary.
Although clinching the final qualifying spot did not grant Portugal the easiest route to tournament glory, neutrals are over the moon at the prospect of two of the favourites battling it out at such an early stage.
Belgium’s talisman Lukaku is also having a prolific tournament, with three goals across his first three games.
The pair came into the Euros after a year of doing battle in Italy. Lukaku lifted the Scudetto with Inter, but Ronaldo powered to the league’s golden boot with 29 goals, five ahead of the Belgian.
Even though Lukaku drew plaudits from all over the continent for his rampant scoring displays last campaign, 36-year-old Ronaldo’s total reminded him that the extent of his class is permanent.
Although the Juventus forward carries more momentum heading into Saturday evening’s showdown, Belgium go into the clash as the slight favourites after winning all three of their group games.
As the teams prepare to battle it out for a spot in the quarter-final, Ronaldo will be aiming to prove that he is still a class apart from Belgium’s star striker.
And, if he does, Portugal will be one step closer to retaining their title.