André Gomes is all ready for the new season.
He passed his medicals with a smile:
Got a feel of the new pitch during presentation with a smile:
Posed in the dressing room like a boss in his new get-up:
It was a family affair of sorts:
And now, the handsome twenty-two-year-old is looking forward to winning trophies with his new club, FC Barcelona. Gomes was well on his way to Real Madrid before FCB hijacked his move. His international team is Portugal. This means he won the Euro 2016 with them and yes, his captain is Cristiano Ronaldo. This is why I was kind of confused as to why he chose FCB over RM. He could’ve played alongside Cris and co. While Gomes admires both Cristiano and Messi labelling them as ‘great players’, his reason for moving to FCB was simple:
“I am here fulfilling the dream of me and my family. Without them, I wouldn’t be here.”
Does this have anything to do with your father being a huge FCB fan, Gomes? Daddy also gave the club’s representative traditional Portuguese Belem cakes for signing his son.
“Barça relates to my way of playing football and to my identity.”
“I have chosen the best club for me. It is an honour and a privilege to wear this shirt”
“I am 22 and I want to grow. I have come to learn. Here, I have many references.”
Who might those references be?
“Messi and Iniesta are the references at Barcelona but the club itself was very important in the final decision that I made.”
But is he a Messi fanboy?
“Two (Messi & Cristiano) are great, it is an honour for me to be alongside them. Most important for me right now is Messi and Barca. I have enjoyed playing with Cristiano Ronaldo for Portugal and I now hope to do the same with Messi at Barcelona.”
Gomes is also keen on remaining humble.
“Competition is important. What I want most is to learn. I’d be wrong to think I’m Messi. I have to make sacrifices and be humble.”
I look forward to what young Gomes bring to the table this season alongside Digne and Umtiti. Plus, we need to keep this kid away from Neymar.
Portugal v Wales 2-0
I don’t know about you, but throughout the tournament, I’ve been fighting to stay awake during Portugal’s matches, but today, they played, they scored, they qualified. All in the first half with goals from Cristiano and Nani. Wales did not bring their A game tonight and it was a big let-down for the Welsh side. Nevertheless, they had a great tournament and they can leave with their heads held high.
Cristiano Ronaldo equaled Michel Platini’s record of 9 Euro goals. The Portuguese now await the French or the Germans in the finals on Sunday.
Poland v Portugal 1-1 (3-5 on pens)
After a boring 1-1 draw at full time, this game went to penalties. I was not impressed by either team in this match and the game was frustrating sometimes to watch going into extra-time. In the end, Portugal won 5-3 on penalties and they’re off to the semi-finals to wait for Wales or Belgium. I really like the sound of Portugal v Wales, though.
It’s ironic how Cristiano badmouthed Iceland for having a small mentality and touted them as nobodies who won’t reach far, when Portugal has been fighting to stay in the tournament with their boring matches.
However, I like this Renato Sanches fella. Bright future for this one.
Iceland v Austria 2-1
Hungary v Portugal 3-3
Goals galore in the Hungary-Portugal match in which we see Cristiano Ronaldo broke two records:
^ Is the player to have the most appearances at a Euro (17)
^ The first player to score at 4 Euros
Portugal are the first team in the Euro history to go through the group stages without winning any game. They face England in the round of 16.
Hungary proved that they’re no step-overs. They came out fighting and swinging. Hard work pays off as they went on to win the group with 5 points.
ICELAND, STAND UP AND GIVE YOURSELF A HAND!!
Iceland has been my utmost favorite from this group and I’ve been backing them from day 1. They finish 2nd with 5 points and will face England next. I am still buzzing for Iceland! They did what everyone said they couldn’t do. Austria was tame most of their games and they leave the tournament with just one point.
It was supposed to have been an easy match for Portugal against Austria, but instead, it turned out to be a tough scoreless match last evening at the Parc des Princes. It was supposed to have been Cristiano Ronaldo’s special night. He broke Luis Figo’s record of most appearances for Portugal at 128, and had he scored, he would’ve been the first player to score at 4 European Championship, but things didn’t turned out that way. It was an evening the Portuguese might want to forget.
As early as the first minute, Portugal could’ve gone ahead through Ricardo Carvalho had he not missed the target. Two minutes later, Harnik missed his target at the other end of the field. In the 12th minute Nani was in, but Almer stops him. Vierinha has a go on the rebound, but Almer came up big again. Cristiano completely missed the target in the 21st minute and in the 29th minute, Almer came up BIG on Nani’s header. In the 34th minute, Ronaldo bullets a header right at goal, but Almer the wall was ready.
The second half fared no better for Portugal.
Ronaldo could only look on helplessly as his free kick hit the wall in the 48th minute. In the 54th minute, his driving effort was saved by Almer. In the 64th minute, his free kick evaded the intended target and flew over the goal. In the 77th minute Portugal was awarded a penalty, but Ronaldo missed it somehow.
In the 85th minute he managed to get the ball in the back of the net, but it the goal was disallowed. When the whistle blew for fulltime and the score was 0-0, the Portuguese team looked sorrowful. Ronaldo should’ve converted that penalty, should’ve scored at least two of the chances he had, but this happens sometimes and this is how football can be unpredictable. The best don’t always win or come up back.
The man of the match for me was Austria’s goalie, Robert Almer, but the official MOTM award went to JoãoMoutinho.
This is Cristiano Ronaldo’s 128th appearance tonight Austria. He overtakes Luis Figo as Portugal’s most-capped player.
On Tuesday, underdogs Iceland held Portugal to a 1-1 draw and Cristiano Ronaldo felt cheated. After the match, the Portuguese accused Iceland of not trying to win the game.
“We tried hard to win the game, Iceland didn’t try anything. They scored a goal, they created two chances in the ninety minutes and otherwise they got every player behind the ball. They put the bus in the net so it’s difficult when one team don’t try but Portugal try and play football and try to win the game.”
No one is saying that Portugal didn’t try their best to win the game, but the draw is the biggest thing to happen right now for Iceland. Ronaldo won’t understand how much this means for the smallest nation at the Euro given that this is his 4th. When Birkir Bjarnason scored the equalizing goal breaking Portugal’s hearts in the process, Ronaldo complained,
“I thought they’d won the Euros the way they celebrated at the end, it was unbelievable.”
Like I said, Ronaldo, you won’t understand the joy the smallest nation on earth felt when Birkir scored that goal. And if that wasn’t enough, Ronaldo went on about the way Iceland defended:
“When they don’t try to play and just defend, defend, defend this, in my opinion, shows a small mentality and they are not going to do anything in the competition.”
While it’s true Iceland mostly played on the counter-attack, Ronaldo shouldn’t be moaning about this. He should be used to this by now. Portugal should focus on their next match and try winning that one.