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Cristiano Ronaldo sends message to fans after Portugal were held by Ireland in 2022 World Cup qualifier

Arjun Singh Devgan
Cristiano Ronaldo is the all-time highest international goalscorer
Cristiano Ronaldo is the all-time highest international goalscorer / Soccrates Images/GettyImages

Footballing superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo took to social networking site, Instagram to send a message to his country's fans after Portugal were held to a nil-nil draw by Ireland in a FIFA 2022 World Cup qualifier on Thursday.

Ronaldo was unable to add to his tally of 115 international goal tally on the night, with the striker seeing his header go inches wide of the post in the second half, before his injury time effort from a tight angle was saved by Gavin Bazunu.

The 36-year-old admitted that it was always difficult to play in Ireland in a message on Instagram, stating: "Always difficult to play in Ireland, but the point scored leaves all the goals at our mercy. On Sunday, in front of our audience and in our home, we will stamp out our presence at the Qatar World Cup! Stay Strong."

The striker will look to be the gamechanger when they face Serbia in their next World Cup qualifier on Sunday, considering that both teams are level on points with the winner automatically qualifying for the World Cup, and the runners-up must negotiate the play-offs.

Portugal who are playing at home, need just a draw on the night to proceed and it will be interesting to see how they perform in the game.