Paprika_kaneco you really dont understand what i mean. Yes ronaldo is one if not the best player in the world im not bashing him for his insane club goal scoring record, he is one of the greatest ever. But when it comes to the World cup finals and European cup finals he hasnt performed at all. I have no idea how you can call bullshit and say that im factually wrong. In the 2014/2010/2006 world cup he scored a total 3 goal the combined 3 tournaments. 1 goal per tournament sounds quite terrible for one of the best players ever. In the 2008/2004 he scored a combined total of 3 goals. How on earth is 1 goal a tournament "carrying the national team on his back as far as I can remember". It is a completely factually correct to say that ronaldo has choked in these 5 international finals, and i dont see why this one will be different. He hasnt proven himself as one of the greats for his national side is all im saying. When i said on an international stage i meant quite literally playing for his nation in a world/euro cup. Just because youve done it for your club doesnt mean you have done it for your nation.
A true carry is someone like the Brazilian Ronaldo. In the 2002/1998 world cup he scored a combined 12 goals (6 goals per tournament, 6 times cristiano's stats). He has won 2 world cups and in the other he won the golden ball. (where he had a fit before the final against france). This sounds like "carrying" to me, if you still believe cristiano ronaldo carries portugal you clearly are just fan-gaying over him because hes portuguese.
Getting a bit tangled up on this argument but I have to correct you.
He does carry the NT tho, you obviously haven't watched any of Portugal games. First of all pretty much all the qualifiers he carried the team on his back, we wouldn't even have made it to the final stages of those tournaments you mentioned without him. Source: 1, 2, 3, 4
Second of all, he is our all time leading top scorer for the National squad having already surpassed names like Pauleta, Eusébio and Luis Figo by a huge marging.
So your claim that "He hasnt proven himself as one of the greats for his national side" is simply false.
What you can't seem to understand is that any player that reaches this level is gonna have 2-3 opposing players marking him at all times, he didn't produce much end game in the final stages of the tournaments you mentioned but he created a shit ton of space and opportunitites, it doesn't help the rest of the team and our manager has been subpar for like 10 years and didn't take advantage of that. Since the 2006 WC, Ronaldo has been probably the only world class player on our national squad, at least offensive minded. We haven't had a decent pure striker in over 10 years since Pauleta retired. Ronaldo is and has been for the last 10 years clearly in a tier above the rest of the squad, but finally this year we actually have great supporting players and a decent manager so I'm hopeful for a great run.
And how can you say that a true carry would be Brazilian Ronaldo in 2002 when that Brazil team was probably the most stacked national team of all times, with players like Ronaldinho, Rivaldo, Roberto Carlos, Cafú, Kaká just to name a few off the top of my head. Literally half that team was world class players, and of course Brazilian Ronaldo was a beast but he wouldn't have done shit without those legends behind him.