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Ronaldo’s final glory? Home triumph glimmers for an icon fighting off the dusk | Barney Ronay

Portugal captain enters Nations League showdown knowing an undying drive cannot sustain his career for ever

‘How dull it is to pause, to make an end, to rust unburnish’d, not to shine in use!” Cristiano Ronaldo has been accused of many things across his impossibly gilded carer, some more serious than others. But his sheer unbending will remains a remarkable source of strength in his late years. Like Ulysses in the poem, returning home to Ithaca from his glorious travels, there is an element of epic glamour about Ronaldo’s presence as Portugal’s captain in Porto for the Nations League final on Sunday night.

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