Cristiano Ronaldo’s scoring drought in tournament openers continues

Even if he provided an assist, there was no goal for Cristiano Ronaldo in Portugal’s 2-2 draw with Mexico at the Confederations Cup, which has extended his poor goalscoring record in international tournament openers.

Not since he netted in the first game of Euro 2004 has the Real Madrid forward etched his name onto the scoresheet at the first attempt in a World Cup, a European Championship or, now, a Confederations Cup.

It’s not just Ronaldo who has struggled in opening matches, but Portugal as a whole, with the nation failing to win in their first match since they did so against Turkey in Euro 2008.

They did not kick off their 2010 or 2014 World Cup campaigns or their Euro 2012 or Euro 2016 adventures with victory, although they did, of course, go on to win the latter.

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