Cristiano Ronaldo Accepts €18.8 Million Fine Over Tax Fraud Case

Cristiano Ronaldo Accepts €18.8 Million Fine Over Tax Fraud Case

Ronaldo's Portugal is set to take on Spain at the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation on Thursday.

"We are using the difficulties as a source of inspiration for our motivation to be strengthened during the games", said Queiroz.

"It's a nice personal record to have, one more in my career", said Ronaldo, before adding: "For me the most important thing is to emphasise what the team did against one of the favourites to win this World Cup". Lopetegui was to take over at the Bernabeu after the World Cup, only to get sent home before the tournament even started.

In the process, the five-time Ballon d'Or victor became the first player to score in eight consecutive major global tournaments.

Bullish Diego Costa twice cancelled a Christiano Ronaldo brace before Nacho powered the Spanish in the lead with a volley of breathtaking genius.

Spain face Portugal on Friday in a mouthwatering clash following the extraordinary sacking of coach Julen Lopetegui while Egypt left out Mohamed Salah and suffered a gut-wrenching 1-0 defeat in the final minutes to Uruguay.

"We're not going to point the finger of blame at anyone". We will see a match for all sports lovers. His was the first ever World Cup hat-trick by any player against Spain and he's now scored 23 goals in his last 18 internationals.

Ronaldo became the first Portuguese player (and just the fourth overall) to score at four World Cups and the first player to score in eight successive major tournaments (World Cups and European Championships).

But the five-time World Player of the Year wasn't to be denied when he lined up a free-kick 20 yards from goal before bending it over the Spanish wall and dipping perfectly into the top corner.

"We are not the favourites, but yes, we are candidates".

His three goals were crucial, but Ronaldo was keen to recognise the value of the result too.

The goal was confirmed after the incident was reviewed by the video assistant referee (VAR), being used at the World Cup for the first time, for a possible foul on Pepe. We have to give credit to what the team has done. "Now we have to think about the next match, which will also be hard".

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