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Ian Wright declared Cristiano Ronaldo's supposed prowess on free-kicks is a "myth" after the Portugal captain failed to make his set piece count against Belgium.

Ronaldo and his fellow forwards were guilty of squandering countless chances as they were beaten 1-0 on Sunday night, ending their hopes of defending their European title.

The Juventus superstar's best chance of the match came from a free-kick in the 25th minute which was comfortably saved by Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.

Ronaldo memorably scored a late free-kick to snatch a draw against Spain at the 2018 World Cup, but Wright accused him of being far too wasteful in dead-ball situations.

Ronaldo failed to make an impression with his free-kicks against Belgium

"How many of those free-kicks does Ronaldo actually score? I read something that says he's got one in 50," the former England striker told ITV Sport at half-time.

"It's kind of like a myth, that Ronaldo is on it, watch out everyone. Nothing happens."

Ronaldo's mystique over free-kicks is aided by his trademark wide-legged stance as he prepares to run up and strike the ball.

Wright's fellow pundit Patrick Vieira gave the five-time Ballon d'Or winner more credit for his effort from the set piece.

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"You expect him (Courtois) to make that kind of save," said the France legend. "If he concedes a goal in this way, he'd be disappointed with himself. But it was a good save by Courtois."

But Wright disagreed with his former Arsenal teammate, adding: "What, this free-kick? Courtois has enough time to see it. Plus it's Ronaldo he doesn't score many free-kicks."

Ronaldo had a second chance from a promising position in the second half but was unable to beat the wall and draw Portugal level after Thorgan Hazard's opener just before the interval.

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The 36-year-old may have played his final European Championship game 17 years on from when he made his debut at Euro 2004.

He has featured at five editions of the tournament and is the first player in history to score at each of them, with five goals to his name at Euro 2020.

But Ronaldo has struggled to make his mark from free-kicks throughout his Euros career, with 28 set-piece efforts failing to find the back of the net, as noted by Opta .

Nonetheless, Portugal boss Fernando Santos praised the veteran striker for his overall performance at the summer tournament.

"Ronaldo scored five goals in the tournament," he said. "He didn’t score today but he was a true captain in every sense of the word.

"He tried to turn the game around. There’s no issue with Ronaldo."

While Portugal's tournament is over, Belgium progressed to the quarter-finals and will face Italy in a mouth-watering tie on Friday night.