Cristiano Ronaldo looks like a superhuman sometimes, says Nuno Gomes

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Sporting Braga striker Nuno Gomes has heaped praise on compatriot Cristiano Ronaldo, saying that the Real Madrid star is a major asset to the Portugal national team.

The 27-year-old attacker is expected to play a key role for the Seleccao at Euro 2012 after a sensational season at club level in which he scored 60 goals in all competitions.

"It is nice to count on Ronaldo in your team, not only because of the respect others have for him, but also because of his qualities, which can decide a game," Ronaldo told Radio Renascenca.

"Sometimes, he does not look human. One of his strongest characteristics is that he always wants more and to be the best."

Nuno Gomes, who has 79 caps to his name, then admitted to being disappointed by the fact that he was left out of coach Paulo Bento's 23-man squad for Poland and Ukraine.

"I was hoping to hear my name in the squad announcement, but I did not, and I was sad, I cannot deny it," the Braga striker noted.

Portugal will kick off their Euro 2012 campaign against Germany before they take on Denmark and the Netherlands.

Since March, Goal.com has been publishing exclusive extracts from Luca Caioli's new book, Ronaldo: The Obsession for Perfection. This Friday's excerpt looks at when Cristiano won the Ballon d'Or as a Manchester United player in 2008. Don't miss it!

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