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Lucas Digne warns France of ‘extraordinary’ Ronaldo threat

Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal
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Ahead of Portugal and France’s showdown in Euro 2020, Lucas Digne opened up on the challenge of facing Cristiano Ronaldo.

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France must avoid allowing Cristiano Ronaldo too much space, says Lucas Digne, who has also hailed the 36-year-old as ‘an example’.

The Everton left-back is set to face Ronaldo and Portugal in France’s final match in Group F on Wednesday, where he’ll have one of the most undesirable tasks in football – putting the brakes on CR7.

“It’s extraordinary. What he has done in his career is an example for all,” said Digne on Ronaldo’s performances at 36 years of age during a press conference.

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The former Barcelona star accepts facing Ronaldo won’t be an easy task at all, especially if he and his teammates allow him too much space.

“When you’re a defender, that’s your job,” Digne said.

“He [Ronaldo] moves a lot across the entire offensive line. It’s always important to not to leave too much space for him.”

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France and Portugal will meet at Budapest on Wednesday night needing to avoid defeat at all costs.

Portugal need to win the most, as they sit a point behind the Group F leaders in third place after losing 4-2 to Germany on Saturday. While a draw will be good enough to guarantee France a spot in the last-16 stage of Euro 2020.