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Published: 11:37 | 25/6/16

Nani: Ronaldo has 'shut up' critics

Teammate backs Portugal talisman to shine in knockout rounds

Cristiano Ronaldo has silenced his critics at Euro 2016, according to his Portugal teammate, Nani.

After under-par performances in draws against Iceland and Austria, Ronaldo netted twice in a 3-3 thriller with Hungary, as Portugal finished third in Group F and edged into the last 16 of the tournament.

The Real Madrid forward was severely criticised for both on-field and off-field actions following the opening two clashes - Ronaldo threw a reporter's microphone into a lake - but Nani believes that his fellow former Manchester United attacker has hushed his detractors.

"Everyone knows Cristiano and what he can do at any time, in any minute in a game," said the Fenerbahce man. "I am 100 per cent sure he will go on and score more goals now.

"No one can say anything against him. He is a fantastic player. He showed it again against Hungary when everyone was talking about him. He has shut them all up now.

"I think Cristiano has always been there, always playing well for us throughout the tournament."

Portugal face Croatia, who impressively topped Group D, in the first of the knockout rounds. Nani, though, says that he and his troops fear no side.

"Any team we play, we must believe we can win, so it doesn't matter who we will face now," he insisted.

"It will be difficult against Croatia. They have one day more than us to rest but we are professional, so we will get a quick rest and prepare for the game."

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