The five-time Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo was unexpectedly replaced by the 21-year-old attacker, who then gave coach Fernando Santos credit for the game-winning goal.
It was not even in his wildest thoughts that he imagined making his first start in a World Cup knockout game and scoring three goals.
But we need to approach each game individually and get ready for it (quarter-final with Morocco). This outcome is now irrelevant. In the upcoming game, we’ll give it all.
Ramos has frequently expressed his respect for Ronaldo, who made his Portugal debut when he was just two years old.