Cristiano Ronaldo asked Matthijs de Ligt to join Juventus

Cristiano Ronaldo asked Matthijs de Ligt to join Juventus

Ronaldo single-handedly overturned Juventus round of 16 Champions League second leg tie against Atletico Madrid, scoring three goals despite losing 2-0 in the first leg.

Silva said he didn't even see Guedes before making the assist for the game-winner.

'We didn't get to see the dynamic, bold Dutch we've become accustomed to, ' said Uefa commentator Derek Brookman. "Luckily it went well".

This is Santos' second global trophy as Portugal coach having already led them to Euro 2016 glory in France. Numbers in the last 16 years speak for themselves.

"Obviously we wanted to win, that's the main thing", he said.

Although the Nations League is of far less importance, the win may have partially made up for Euro 2004 which Portugal hosted and where they were beaten in the final by Greece.

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With youngsters like Felix and Dias at the heart of Benfica league title win and Porto claiming the latest UEFA Youth League title, Portugal's chances of winning more major tournaments look incredibly promising.

The towering centre back, who has been tipped for the Ballon d'Or following his Champions League success with Liverpool, was snubbed by UEFA's panel, despite the fact that three spots were up for grabs in the centre back position. "When you rest, you have enough time to think".

Ronaldo's Portugal triumphed 1-0 in the showpiece match leaving the 19-year-old defender De Ligt, linked with several top European clubs, disappointed.

The other berth in the inaugural Nations Cup final at Dragao Stadium will be determined on Thursday when England and the Netherlands face off at Dom Afonso Henriques Stadium in Guimaraes, Portugal.

Callum Wilson, who has a good penalty record for Bournemouth, did not take one on Sunday because goalkeeper Jordan Pickford is ahead of him in the league table.

The Catalans have maintained they hope the Dutch defender joins them for footballing reasons, not simply for how much he can earn.