New Delhi: Young Federico Chiesa was over the moon after Italy beat Austria 2-1 in a Round of 26, EURO 2020 game on Saturday. It was Chiesa who broke the deadlock after 95 minutes at the iconic Wembley Stadium. After the game, Chiesa expressed his wish to play against Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal in the all-important quarter-final.Also Read - Final Hurrah: Cristiano Ronaldo to Lionel Messi: Players Likely to Feature in Their Last FIFA World Cup
Hailing Ronaldo as the greatest to have played the game, Chiesa hoped that the two would meet in the last eight. Also Read - Cristiano Ronaldo to Chelsea? Blues Boss Todd Boehly Discusses Potential Transfer of Manchester United Legend
“I hope Cristiano Ronaldo will qualify, because it would be great to meet him in the quarter-finals. I played with him this year and he is the greatest of all time,” Chiesa told reporters. Also Read - Reports Claim Manchester United Star Cristiano Ronaldo Could Return To Juventus
“I cannot describe the feeling of scoring that goal. It is always a great feeling to play for the country in a big game like this. I was composed and relaxed and that helped me score the goal,” he said after the match.
Meanwhile, Ronaldo’s Portugal will play a strong Belgium side in their Round of 16 game at Sevilla on Sunday. The winner of the match will progress to the next round to play Italy. Ronaldo would be on the cusp of a world record when Portugal lock horns with Belgium. The 36-year-old has the opportunity of surpassing Iran’s Ali Daei to become the highest-ever international goalscorer with 110 goals.
While Daei has 109 goals in 149 appearances, Ronaldo has taken 29 more games to get to that number.
Portugal is coming off a 2-2 draw versus France and they would like to get a goal early just to settle the nerves in the dugout.