Portugal's forward Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after winning the round of sixteen football match Croatia against Portugal of the Euro 2016 football tournament, on June 25, 2016 at the Bollaert-Delelis stadium in Lens. / AFP / FRANCISCO LEONG
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Poland have an impressive defensive record at Euro 2016 but standing in their way to a semifinal spot is arguably one of sport's greatest-ever athletes, Cristiano Ronaldo.Describing 31-year-old Ronaldo as the "perfect athlete," U.S. lifestyle magazine Men's Health says he hits speeds of more than 32 kph, jumps nearly a meter in the air off one leg, runs an average of 16 km per match and hits more winners in the last 20 minutes than anyone else.He is the only player to have scored a goal in four Euros going back to 2004 and, while he struggled to find his feet early in this year's tournament, there are signs that he is back to his sublime best.That defense will have to be immaculate again if Poland are to have a chance of progressing because they have offered little up front.They have scored two goals fewer than any other team in the last eight with hitman Robert Lewandowski, the leading scorer in Euro 2016 qualifying with 13 goals, mustering just two attempts on target so far, both in the last match.
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