Cristiano Ronaldo: How fast did Portugal star sprint vs Germany at Euro 2020?

  • Rob Swan

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Cristiano Ronaldo was unfortunate to be on the losing side as Portugal’s slumped to a 4-2 defeat against Germany on Saturday evening.

The legendary forward opened the scoring in the 15th minute, starting and finishing a wonderful counter-attacking move.

However, own goals in quick succession before half-time from Ruben Dias and Raphael Guerreiro turned the game on its head and saw Germany go into the break 2-1 up.

Kai Havertz then made it 3-1 shortly after the interval before the excellent Robin Gosens put Germany 4-1 up on the hour-mark.

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Diogo Jota pulled a goal back for Portugal with 25 minutes left to play thanks to Ronaldo keeping the ball in play with an acrobatic touch.

But Germany, beaten 1-0 by France in their Group F opener, held on to their two-goal advantage and wrapped up three invaluable points in the process.

How fast did Ronaldo run during Portugal 4-2 Germany?

The moment of the match, though, was Portugal’s sublime counter-attacking goal, inspired by Ronaldo.

beIN Sports analysed the opening goal at half-time and revealed that Ronaldo hit a top speed of 32 km/h during his 97m run.

Considering the five-time Ballon d’Or winner turned 36 back in February, that is a remarkable statistic.

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Many football fans were raving about Kylian Mbappe hitting 36 km/h with a lightning-quick sprint for Paris Saint-Germain against Marseille earlier this season, and rightly so, but Ronaldo’s top speed was only 4 km/h slower during Portugal vs Germany.

As beIN Sports host Richard Keys pointed out on Twitter, Usain Bolt - the fastest human being in history - registered a top speed of 37.85km/h over 100m at his peak.

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Ronaldo wasn’t a million miles away from that on Saturday. What a machine.

ITV Sport say Ronaldo covered 92m in 14.2 seconds, despite slowing down in the final third of the pitch.

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Have we ever seen a faster 36-year-old in football?

Ronaldo's physique is a result of his professionalism

It’s testament to the incredible professionalism that Ronaldo has displayed throughout his illustrious career that he’s still capable of out-sprinting opponents much younger than himself.

This was him after the game today - absolutely ripped!

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But aside from his physique, it’s Ronaldo’s unparalleled hunger and determination which allows him to produce these magical moments in his mid-30s.

Enjoy him while you still can because we may never see a footballer quite like him again during our lifetimes.

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