"When someone scores three goals, they are the difference maker".
But the 34-year-old returned with a bang, netting three goals in front of thousands of supporters at the Estadio do Dragao.
"There's no adjective to describe him", said Portugal coach Fernando Santos.
Ronaldo's late double also helped erase the controversy surrounding Switzerland's second-half equalizer by Ricardo Rodriguez.
Ronaldo's first came via a trademark free kick just 25 minutes in.
Seferovic came the closes moments before the half time.
Ronaldo wasn't finished however, and sealed a remarkable 53rd career hat-trick following a run from the left before cutting inside and curling a pinpoint strike past the outstretched hand of Sommer.
He may no longer be at the peak of his powers, but 350 days after scoring his last global goal he added to his 85-goal tally by winning and scoring from a free-kick.
"The behaviour we are witnessing is incredibly disappointing", said Deputy Chief Constable Mark Roberts, the National Police Chiefs' Council football policing lead.
The Three Lions lost to Belgium in a third-place play-off at the World Cup past year, after which Federation Internationale de Football Association president Gianni Infantino awarded bronze medals to players and staff members. Portugal seem to be slowly turning the screw!
Earlier Wednesday, it was announced that a lawsuit by a Nevada woman accusing Ronaldo of raping her in 2009 was moved from state to federal court in the United States, but the claims against him stood. He had been substituted in the 70th.
Team news! First up the hosts! "And we won the match, which is what matters".
John Stones endured a nightmare match against the Dutch after being at fault for their first two goals and played a part in the third.
It meant the game went to a penalty shoot-out and both sides' five nominated takers, including Sterling, showed confidence and assurance to convert their efforts before it went to sudden death and Pickford beat away Drmic's effort to seal a deserved win after Eric Dier had made it 6-5 in England's favour.
"Someone made a great pass to me, but then I didn't even see [Guedes]", the Manchester City star said.
"You feel a bit more nervous putting a goalkeeper on a penalty but he was there on merit". "The way it was handled wasn't entirely clear".