Portugal break 17-year Cristiano Ronaldo streak in friendly victory over Sweden

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Cristiano Ronaldo’s absence from Portugal’s latest friendly saw a 17-year run finally come to an end.

The 39-year-old was rested for Thursday’s 5-2 win over Sweden, resulting in Braga winger Bruma wearing his iconic No.7 shirt.

Ronaldo has scored 128 goals for Portugal in 205 appearances for the national team

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Ronaldo has scored 128 goals for Portugal in 205 appearances for the national teamCredit: Getty

Incredibly, it is the first time that a player other than the five-time Ballon d’Or winner has been handed the number for the Euro 2016 champions since 2007.

Ronaldo, who made his international debut in 2003, is synonymous with the No.7, having been presented with it during his first season at Manchester United in 2003/04.

He had to make do with the No.9 for a solitary campaign in 2009/10 after joining Real Madrid, before getting the No.7 after Raul departed.

The five-time Champions League winner was then handed the No.7 at Juventus in 2018 and back at United after making his Old Trafford return in 2021.

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Former Al Nassr midfielder Jaloliddin Masharipov was then quick to vacate the number following Ronaldo’s switch to the Middle East.

Despite Portugal being without their skipper, they still cruised to victory at the Estadio Dom Afonso Henriques.

There were five different goalscorers in total, with Bruma doing the No.7 shirt justice by getting himself on the score sheet.

Introduced in the second half by boss Roberto Martinez, the 29-year-old was picked out by Bruno Fernandes, before dispatching his effort in the 57th minute.

The No7 shirt proved lucky for Bruma, who scored for Portugal against Sweden

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The No7 shirt proved lucky for Bruma, who scored for Portugal against SwedenCredit: Rex

But he shouldn’t expect to get used to the No.7 jersey, with Ronaldo set to return to action for Portugal against Slovenia on Tuesday night.

Bruma hasn’t been shy in the past of his praise for Ronaldo, having come up through the Sporting Lisbon academy like his idol.

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Speaking of the Los Blancos legend to Sport Bild, he said: “I met him for the first time as a youngster and a few times since, most recently as part of the national team.

“We always have a good chat. He’s my biggest idol, but it feels more like a friendship. He’s the best footballer in the world.

“He’s a great person, a role model for everyone, especially the youngsters. That’s why he’s so important to the young players currently in the national team.

“Everyone’s always watching him in training and doing things the same way. If Ronaldo was always mouthing off or skipping training it’d influence the youngsters.

“But he’s a quiet guy and very professional. That’s plain for everyone to see.”

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