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Ronaldo's 'Shameful' Centenary

In the end, Cristiano Ronaldo’s 100th international appearance was a non-event in soccer terms, as Portugal could only muster a 1-1 draw in its World Cup qualifier at home to Northern Ireland, a relative minnow in European soccer. Portuguese newspapers canned the performances of both the national team and of Ronaldo, in particular.

Record said that the Real Madrid star “had nothing to smile about on the day of his centenary” while Bola added “everything went wrong and Portugal is still playing without him ... the biggest star failed to turn up on his 100th appearance for Portugal.”

Perhaps the most scathing criticism came from Diario de Noticias: “There are no reasons to celebrate Ronaldo’s centenary as he and Portugal put on a shameful spectacle” and “Ronaldo was the face of a poor show.” 

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