Portugal hoping Ronaldo can continue good form in Russia

Dhaka,  Wed,  28 June 2017
Published : 17 Jun 2017, 21:49:19
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Portugal hoping Ronaldo can continue good form in Russia

KAZAN, June 17 (AP): Portugal is hoping a red-hot Cristiano Ronaldo can continue his sparkling form and help the European champions show that their victory at Euro 2016 wasn't a fluke.

With Ronaldo looking at the peak of his game, Portugal trained for the first time in Russia on Thursday ahead of its Confederations Cup debut against Mexico on Sunday.

Ronaldo, the reigning world player of the year, is enjoying one of his greatest career runs, having scored 18 goals in his last 11 matches, including two in Real Madrid's 4-1 win over Juventus in the Champions League final. He also scored important goals in the decisive stages of the Spanish league, a competition Madrid won this season for the first time in five years.

"Obviously there are no words to describe what Cristiano means to our country, with everything that he has achieved," Portugal defender Bruno Alves said Thursday. "He is an idol even for the players, and we hope that he can help Portugal with some of his goals and victories."

Ronaldo's recent performances have left him in a strong position to catch up with Lionel Messi with a fifth world player of the year award. He would almost certainly secure the prize if he can help Portugal win the Confederations Cup, the main warm-up event for next year's World Cup.
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