Cristiano Ronaldo will guide Portugal in a friendly against Cameroon on Wednesday, in preparation for the World Cup. A live stream will be available for those who want to watch the match.
Portugal is one of the favorites to take the it all in Brazil, but Cameroon has proven to be a formidable opponent with a similar style of play to that of the World Cup host.
Of course the addition of Ronaldo is what makes the European team a threat not to be taking lightly, as he would love nothing more than to bring the biggest trophy in the sport home to Portugal.
The Portuguese striker won the FIFA Ballon d’Or — the greatest individual award in soccer — for the second time in his career, knocking Lionel Messi from taking it for a fifth time in a row.
CR7, as Cristiano is known to his followers, is having the best year of his career, tearing up La Liga with 22 goals scored — more than any other player — and also leading the pack in the UEFA Champions League, where he scored twice against Schalke a week ago.
Ronaldo has also done very well playing for the national team, scoring nine goals in the last six matches representing his country and if he scores today, he could become the top scoring player of all time for Portugal.
Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 9 goals in last 6 matches for Portugal pic.twitter.com/D9f6pWrIYZ
— Real Madrid In Heart (@RMinOurHeart) March 5, 2014
A goal against Cameroon today would make @Cristiano Ronaldo all-time top scorer of Portugal. pic.twitter.com/nlDtQbqgwo
— Sara Ronaldo♡ (@GlowingCR7) March 5, 2014
Portugal vs. Cameroon should be an entertaining game because of the style of play both countries use, with short passes that conduce to a faster pace, and leaves little room for a slow affair.
Cameroon is part of Group A at the World Cup, which also included the host Brazil, Croatia, and Mexico, while Portugal is playing in the so-called “Group of Death” — Group G — against Germany, the United States, and Ghana.
Head coach Paulo Bento has been observing Portuguese players throughout the season to make the best choice possible for the national team:
“We have tracked their progress at their clubs and in the Portugal youth levels and we decided this was the right time to call them up. Rafa can play on the flanks and also as a number 10, which gives us several solutions. Ivan has played a lot for Benfica B. The fact he can play on either flank or as a centre-forward gives the squad more solutions. The fact certain players are in this squad does not mean they will be in the World Cup squad. Likewise, the fact certain players have not been called up on this occasion does not mean that they cannot be selected on 19 May.”
You can watch Cristiano Ronaldo lead Portugal vs. Cameroon on ESPN 3 on Wednesday, March 5 at 3:40 pm/ET.