8 Ways Sweden Could Have Stopped Cristiano Ronaldo

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8 Ways Sweden Could Have Stopped Cristiano Ronaldo
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Alas, it is too late for Sweden now.

Just when we all thought Portugal might get "Zlataned" in Stockholm, the Scandinavian hosts were well and truly "Ronaldo'd" with a hat-trick from the relentless Real Madrid star.

C-Ron was so magnificent in Tuesday's game that the media are practically writing his name on the Ballon d'Or trophy, with the hyperbole reaching such heights that they might just stop football altogether and declare Cristiano Ronaldo the winner of life.

However, it didn't have to be like this.

Sweden tried plenty of ways to halt Ronaldo in his tracks—they opened the roof at the not-very-intimidating-sounding Friends Arena to let in the sub-zero temperatures and a multi-platinum selling popstar gave the team a rude awakening at their hotel—but there were so many more tactics they could have employed.

Here are some of them...

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