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It isn’t often that the sports world gets to see two of the best players face off, but Cristiano Ronaldo will lead Portugal into the semifinal at Euro 2016 against Gareth Bale and Wales.
The two men stand as a pair of the world’s best footballers, as well as the two most expensive, coming in at a combined cost of just under $221.5 million.
What’s more is that they both ply their trade during the season at the same club, Real Madrid. So they’re teammates who are both extremely valuable and will face off with the prize of a spot in the Euro 2016 final.
That said, the importance of this match extends beyond its two main-event-caliber players.
Wales is making its first appearance in a major tournament since 1958, and the team would love nothing more than to have its long-awaited return culminate in an appearance in the final.
Meanwhile, Portugal is likely the most successful nation in the history of the European Championship never to win the tournament. It has appeared in four semifinals and one final without ever lifting the European Championship Trophy.
Furthermore, the two squads have had fantastic tournaments and neither want it to end. They also both field squads with a considerable amount of talent that will pose a challenge to the other.
But at the end of the day, this matchup boils down to Cristiano Ronaldo vs. Gareth Bale. They’ve both played more of a team-player-type role in the knockout games especially, but it seems likely that at least one or both of them will come out in tomorrow’s game, at 3 p.m. ET, and take over as only they can.