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Cristiano Ronaldo took centre stage in Real Madrids Champions League win over Atletico Madrid, but can he lead Portugal to glory at Euro 2016? Cristiano Ronaldo rarely passes up an opportunity to take the limelight but he wasnt present when Portugal faced England at Wembley in a tournament warm-up. Yuli Gurriel Astros Jersey . Let me rest my legs, he said after capping another extraordinary season with Real Madrid by clinching Champions League success at the San Siro. Few could begrudge him a couple of days off.The 2015/16 campaign was the sixth in a row in which he has scored over 50 goals for the club, and his winning penalty in the shoot-out against Atletico ensured it ended with all eyes on him. Fate has a way of aligning with Ronaldo, and, just like in Lisbon two years ago, his shirtless celebration became the defining image of Reals European coronation. As Portugal prepare to start their Euro 2016 campaign, a reminder of Cristiano Ronaldos brilliant La Liga season Ronaldo converted the decisive penalty in the Champions League final The celebrations have died down and Ronaldos brief period of recuperation is over, and now his attention is firmly fixed on Portugals opening game against Iceland in St Etienne on June 12.Ronaldo is in France knowing it could be his last shot at European Championship glory. He counts three Champions League medals and three Ballon dOr awards in his personal trophy collection, but international silverware has eluded him. As he approaches the twilight of his career and ponders his legacy, he will be desperate to put that right. Ronaldos record Cristiano Ronaldo is Portugals all-time leading scorer with 56 goals and he is only two appearances short of Luis Figos record of 127. Ronaldo has a long, colourful relationship with the competition. It served to kickstart his international career when Portugal hosted Euro 2004. The Manchester United teenager scored twice and converted a penalty in Portugals shoot-out victory over England on their route to the final, but their shock defeat to Greece that year remains the closest he has come to lifting the trophy. Ronaldo in tears after Portugals Euro 2004 final defeat to Greece Euro 2008 - played to a backdrop of constant speculation surrounding his £80m move to Real Madrid - was Ronaldos most disappointing tournament. There was a goal in a group stage win over the Czech Republic, but a costly defensive lapse in the quarter-finals allowed Miroslav Klose to give Germany a 2-0 first-half lead, and he was unable to make his mark on the encounter as Portugal slipped to a 3-2 defeat.Four years later, Ronaldo went to Poland and Ukraine on the back of a record-breaking 60-goal season with Madrid. Portugal were drawn in a group of death with Germany, Netherlands and Denmark, but he propelled them into the last eight with a scintillating two-goal display against the Dutch.Ronaldo delivered another match-winning performance as Portugal edged out the Czechs to reach the last four, but he was unable to find a way through against Spain. After 120 goalless minutes in Donetsk, Ronaldos preference to be the fifth penalty taker backfired, with Cesc Fabregas converting Spains winner before he even had the chance to step up. Ronaldo did not take a penalty as Portugal were beaten by Spain in 2012 This summer, Ronaldo can become the first player to score in four separate European Championships. He is out to banish the demons of the past, but he no longer has youth on his side, and he is shouldering more responsibility than ever after Portugals efficient but uninspiring qualifying campaign.Portugal achieved qualification from Group I with seven consecutive one-goal victories after losing their opener against Albania without the injured Ronaldo. They scored just 1.4 goals per game compared to Englands 3.1, Germanys 2.4 and Spains 2.3, and their average of five shots on target per game was lower than Israel, Russia and Ukraine. Euro 2016: Ultimate guide We profile all 24 teams in action at Euro 2016, looking at their key men and chances of success. Ronaldo netted five of Portugals 11 goals, with no other player scoring more than two. A shortage of top-class striking options is hardly a new issue for Portugal, but the days of Nuno Gomes, Hugo Almeida and Helder Postiga dont look so dismal now. Postiga scored five times in Euro 2012 qualifying. Nuno Gomes hit three on their way to Euro 2008. All of them scored at major tournaments.For Euro 2016, the only out-and-out striker in Portugals squad is Eder, who has never scored in a qualifying match - let alone an actual tournament. The 28-year-old has only netted twice in 24 appearances since his international debut in 2012, and he failed to find the net in 15 games for Swansea in the first half of last season. Ronaldo has captained Portugal since 2008 Portugal boss Fernando Santos will hope for goalscoring support from Nani and Ricardo Quaresma, but that duo have combined for just five goals in 35 appearances with club and country since January. Its not exactly cause for optimism, and it all adds up to near total dependence on Ronaldo.A Euro 2016 group containing Hungary, Iceland and Austria could hardly have been more favourable, but dragging Portugal all the way to the trophy would arguably rank as his greatest achievement. The spotlight is on Ronaldo again. This time, his task looks tougher than ever.Follow Portugal v Iceland - and every game at Euro 2016 - with our live blog on and the Sky Sports apps. Get Euro 2016 Alerts Breaking news from Euro 2016, direct to your mobile Also See: Portugal v Iceland preview Euro 2016: Ultimate guide Nolan Ryan Jersey .com) - Ben Lovejoy tallied a goal and an assist as the Anaheim Ducks cruised into the All-Star break with a 6-3 victory against the Calgary Flames. Carlos Correa Jersey .Former NBA forward Morris Peterson has been added to TSNs Toronto Raptors broadcast team. The Texas Rangers first tried to get Tommy Hanson as part of what was a franchise-changing trade seven years ago. Now they have signed the free agent right-hander to a one-year contract in their search for depth in a rotation dealing with injury concerns. Hanson signed for $2 million plus possible incentives Friday, two days before Rangers pitchers and catchers report to spring training in Surprise, Ariz. "Hes a guy we followed for a long time," general manager Jon Daniels said. "Probably back to the Mark Teixeira trade in 07, followed his career and happy to have the opportunity to bring him in and looking forward to seeing him compete." Texas also avoided salary arbitration with first baseman Mitch Moreland by agreeing to a $2.65 million contract for this season, a raise of more than $2 million. The two sides were scheduled for an arbitration hearing Wednesday, but agreed to a number just more than midway between the salary figures they exchanged. The 27-year-old Hanson was 4-3 with a 5.42 ERA in 15 games (13 starts) in a difficult season with the Los Angeles Angels that included a right forearm injury and the death of his stepbrother. "Mentally, I dont think I was where I needed to be last year," Hanson said. "It wasnt only me. My whole family was dealing with that. Its hard to see your family struggle. Its difficult, something I dont really like to talk about. I feel like Im in a lot better place now than I was last year." Hanson said hes glad that is in the past. Physically, he said he feels great after two months of throwing. The Rangers made room for Hanson by putting left-handed reliever Joseph Ortiz on the 60-day disabled list with a broken left foot. He had surgery last month after he was run over by a motorcycle while home in Venezuela. The Angels traded for Hanson after he won at least 10 gamess in all four major league seasons (2009-12) with Atlanta, the organization he was with when the Rangers traded Teixeira in the deal that brought shortstop Elvis Andrus, left-hander Matt Harrison and Neftali Feliz -- all since All-Stars and part of two teams in Texas that reached the World Series. Hector Rondon Jersey. . Daniels and the Rangers also inquired about Hanson in that deal. "But he was a guy that Atlanta rightfully didnt want to give up on," Daniels said. Texas lefty Derek Holland, who had a Rangers-high 33 starts and career-high 213 innings last season, could miss more than half the season after microfracture surgery on the left knee injured when he was tripped by his dog on the stairs at his home. Harrison, last years opening day starter, is coming off a season when he made only two starts before two operations on a herniated disk in his back. Hanson said there were "quite of few teams" interested in him, but that Texas was the best fit for him. "Being able to go in and make the rotation, and be a big part of the team," Hanson said. "Ultimately we thought Texas was the best choice and here we are now." Moreland was displaced as a starting first baseman when Texas acquired slugger Prince Fielder in a trade from Detroit. The Rangers still plan to use the left-handed Moreland as a designated hitter while playing some first base and maybe the outfield. In a career-high 147 games last season, Moreland hit .232 with 24 doubles, 23 home runs, and 60 RBIs. He made his major league debut in the second half of the 2010 season, and was the only Texas player with a hit in all five World Series games against San Francisco, when he hit a team-best .462 (6 of 13) and homered in the only Rangers victory. The Rangers havent had to go a salary arbitration hearing since 2000, against Lee Stevens. ' ' '
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