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Ronaldo ends free kick drought

Cristiano Ronaldo failed to score a single free kick for Juventus in Serie A, the Champions League or Coppa Italia, but converted his first for Portugal.

The Ballon d’Or winner returned to international duty for the Nations League semi-final against Switzerland this evening.

After an entire season of firing his set plays into the wall, something that happened over 20 times, he blasted into the far corner with his very first attempt in the Nations League.

It was Ronaldo’s first direct free kick goal for club or country since the 2018 World Cup scorcher against Spain.

This represented his 86thgoal for Portugal in 157 caps, placing him in second place in the all-time international hitman behind Iran’s Ali Daei on 109.

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