He may no longer be at the peak of his powers, but 350 days after scoring his last global goal he added to his 85-goal tally by winning and scoring from a free-kick. Can Netherlands upset the odds and defeat hosts Portugal?
Everyone has seen him.
Sunday's Uefa Nations League final will be the 15th game between Portugal and Netherlands, with the most famous being the so-called "Battle of Nuremberg" from the 2006 World Cup.
The match ending in a draw is priced at (3.25).
The Three Lions lost to Belgium in a third-place play-off at the World Cup past year, after which Federation Internationale de Football Association president Gianni Infantino awarded bronze medals to players and staff members.
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He was undoubtedly the standout defender in world football, and played a big role in Liverpool conceding just 22 goals on their way to a club-record 97-point tally to finish second in the Premier League.
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Ronaldo showcased his dazzling talents against the Swiss - his pace, trickery, power and skill on the dribble - so Van Dijk really will face the acid test of his defensive credentials at Estadio do Dragao.
Once the two hours of football were over, England had struck the woodwork three times but not managed a goal.
Despite the Italian champions' elimination, Ronaldo scored his side's two goals in that tie.
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The Three Lions supporters are in Portugal for England's Nations League semi-final clash with Holland. "We will see what's going to happen", Goal.com quoted Van Dijk as saying.
What does the victor get? It doesn't pose much benefit for us as a team.
England enjoyed far the better of the chances in an unsurprisingly subdued encounter, a third-place playoff in a newly-formed competition.
Portugal made it to the last four without their all-time record goal-scorer as Ronaldo took a hiatus from global football to concentrate on his first season at Juventus. Despite this, Fernando Santos is likely to keep his faith in the teenager, with few alternatives.
However, one of the few things that the Portuguese superstar has never done is score for his country in an worldwide final but Ronaldo looks overpriced at Evens (PaddyPower) to put that right on Sunday night.