Portugal coach Fernando Santos praised Cristiano after a dazzling hat-trick saw the Seleção das Quinas rescue a point in an impressive 3-3 draw against Spain in the World Cup.
The Iberian derby on Friday was certainly one to remember, when Cristiano Ronaldo helped Portugal to its first point in Group B after a double by Diego Costa and a sensational volley from Nacho.
If it were not for Ronaldo, Portugal could have been on the wrong side of a beating, and Portugal's boss, Fernando Santos, has acknowledged the importance and quality of his captain.
After the match against Spain, Santos told reporters: "I've said it many times, Cristiano is the best in the world, more important than his physical form is his mental form, he has incredible mental endurance."
He has a great physical shape and an incredible mind, and that is what makes him one of the best in the world. He raised the team, he had absolute confidence in the team. "
" When he was 3-2 it was he who raised his team. He plays in great teams, he's always in big finals, so that gives him a different perspective. "
After his performance against Spain, Ronaldo won a series of accolades, including becoming the oldest player to score a hat-trick in the World Cup and become the first player to score in eight major consecutive tournaments. .