Portugal boss Fernando Santos has hinted Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo's goalless run may be due to anxiety.
Ronaldo failed to score in his country's 1-0 win over Albania on Monday, meaning the national team skipper is yet to open his goal account for club and country this season.
However, the Portugal boss has defended Ronaldo, hinting his goal drought could be caused by anxiety.
"He's a player who scores 50 goals a season, so it's not surprising that it causes some anxiety when he goes a few games without a goal," he said in a press conference.
"He showed a fantastic, sacrificial spirit because he was experiencing some pain but gave everything in the game.
"The goals will come. Sometimes anxiety plays its part in stopping goals being scored, but he's just saving himself up for the right time."
Despite his superb form for Los Blancos last season, when he scored 61 goals across all competitions, Ronaldo has failed to score in four games – two La Liga matches and two international fixtures for Portugal – since the start of the 2015/16 campaign.
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