Cristiano Ronaldo mocked for "worst ever free kick" in Portugal friendly footage

Cristiano Ronaldo has been mocked for his poor free-kick in Portugal's last friendly before the Euros against Israel last night.

The Juventus star had a strike from around 30-yards out and it sailed well away from the net, ending up in the stands and causing no trouble whatsoever for the opposition.

The 36-year-old was well-renowned for his set-piece ability, but his conversion rate has declined in recent years and there have been calls for others in the team – namely Bruno Fernandes or Joao Moutinho – to take over from him on free-kicks.

Fans made jokes about the effort online: some cared about the fans safety when they return, others about Ronaldo's poor conversion, and lots of questions about why he still gets first refusal.

Fortunately for Ronaldo, Portugal won 4-0, and the ex-Manchester United and Real Madrid player even scored.

Bruno Fernandes contributed too, scoring twice and assisting once while Joao Cancelo also scored as the Portuguese get ready to defend their European Championship crown.

Based on quality of their squad and depth, they should be one of the favourites going into the competition alongside World Cup holders France, a youthful England and an Italy side that's proving difficult to beat.

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The Euros kick-off tomorrow with Italy playing Turkey in Rome, but Portugal don't play until Tuesday, when they travel to Budapest to face Hungary.

The two games after that are their most difficult ones: a game in Munich against Germany before returning to Budapest to end their group stage campaign against France.

They go into the tournament with confidence, but coach Fernando Santos wants his team to keep getting better:

"In the second (half), I changed things a little, I tried to put one more man next to Ronaldo and two midfielders coming in from the inside, but it didn't work." said the Portuguese manager.

"We started to miss a lot of passes and the ball circulation was not so good.

"There are many things to improve, certainly.

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"Now let's rest and calmly prepare for the Euros. This team has a huge will and an excellent team spirit."

If they win the tournament, they will become just the second team to retain their title after Iberian rivals Spain did it in 2012.

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