Portugal hoping Ronaldo can continue his good form in Russia

18 June, 2017, 01:31 | Author: Douglas Reid
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Portugal is making its first appearance in the Confederations Cup, the eight-nation competition played by continental champions plus host Russian Federation and World Cup victor Germany.

Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo exercises during a training session at the Arena in Kazan, Russia, on Saturday, June 17, 2017. Portugal will play Mexico in the Confederations Cup, Group A soccer match scheduled for Sunda.

KAZAN, Russia (AP) - Cristiano Ronaldo is in the spotlight again, but this time not for his skills as a player.

It is a competition that has yet to capture the football world's imagination, but when Russian Federation 2017 begins Saturday, every continental champion, plus the World Cup winners and host nation, will be attempting to win the trophy, and Ronaldo has admitted that he regards it as a cup he dreams of lifting.

Silva, who has just moved from FC Porto to AC Milan in a transfer worth almost 40 million euros, has scored seven goals in eight games since his debut with the national team in a friendly against Gibraltar in September.

KAZAN, Russia (AP) - Portugal is not anxious about Cristiano Ronaldo being distracted at the Confederations Cup by talk of his possible departure from Real Madrid. "I've always imagined myself playing with him". I had the opportunity to align some players to see what value they have.

Ronaldo was making the headlines on Friday, two days before Portugal's Confederations Cup debut in Russian Federation, because of a report that said he wants to leave Real Madrid and Spain following allegations that he defrauded the country's tax authorities.

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In addition to being an idol, Ronaldo also serves as a mentor for the talented young forward.

Goalkeeper Ochoa has started Mexico's last two games and has faced Ronaldo in La Liga while playing for Granada, but thinks El Tri has to look after what it does collectively to get a result. I try to listen to him and he tries to help me as best he can.

"Obviously, it's a dream to win, but we know it's going to be hard as some great teams will be there".

Ronaldo has scored 11 goals in five games with Portugal this season.

The Indomitable Lions will face Chile in their first Group B match in Moscow on Sunday evening, but come into the match licking their wounds after suffering a 4-0 defeat at the hands of Colombia in a friendly earlier this week.

In his next game, Silva scored a hat-trick against the Faroe Islands, when Ronaldo added one goal in another 6-0 victory.

"We have confidence in our team and in what Mexico can do and we are sure that we can compete with any other national team", he said. "I arrived at a good point in time, when the team had just won the (European) title". Nobody expected Portugal to go all the way, but Ronaldo delivered when it mattered, scoring a crucial goal in the semifinal victory over Wales in Lyon. His rapid rise led to speculation about moves to some of the top European clubs, and he eventually signed with Milan for next season.

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