Cristiano Ronaldo finally joined Portugal in a crushing win against Ireland as the team prepares to travel to Brazil for the 2014 World Cup, which begins on Thursday, and it can’t come soon enough for the millions of fans that are anticipating watching the Ballon d’Or winner in action.
Even though Ronaldo was scoreless in the 5-1 match, he certainly made his presence felt as part of Portugal’s attack, looking fit and ready for action.
Ronaldo has been riddled with injuries in the last few months, starting during Real Madrid’s campaign in La Liga, into the UEFA Champions League, and now in preparation for the World Cup.
As soon as the striker arrived in Portugal to join his teammates, after some much needed couple of extra day’s rest following “La Decima,” he was reportedly working with the team trainers to make him all better to face the “Group of Death,” Group G, where the Europeans face off against Germany, the US, and Ghana.
There were rumors that due the tendinitis he is suffering, he will be a no-show for Portugal in Brazil. However, Cristiano Ronaldo won’t go down without a fight and he proved that he may be hurt, but he is most certainly not out of the World Cup.
During the Ireland friendly, played at the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, Ronaldo has several close calls, but was unable to capitalize for Portugal. At the same time, he was seemingly back to his usual self and dribbling all over the Irish defense.
Portugal coach Paulo Bento said of his superstar player following the match:
“He had a good match. Considering he hadn’t played competitively for a few weeks, I thought he did well. Players like Ronaldo are definitely important for any team they play for. It’s good for us. We are delighted.”
On Wednesday, Cristiano Ronaldo tweeted that he had arrived in Brazil:
Hello guys, we arrived in Brazil. Any fans from Brazil over here? http://t.co/q7UUO2Vk5f
— Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) June 11, 2014
FIFA World Cup: Fit-again Cristiano Ronaldo arrives in Brazil http://t.co/qwshSq4kqb #Brazil2014
— IBN Sports (@IBNLiveSports) June 11, 2014
The return of Cristiano Ronaldo couldn’t come at a better time for Portugal, as their rivals in Group G try to figure out whether or not he will take the field in their opener against Germany on June 16. Without CR7, Portugal failed to impress, with a draw against Greece and a tight win over a diminished Mexico.
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