Cristiano Ronaldo’s injury won’t keep him on the bench as the 2014 World Cup gets ready to witness one of the most anticipated matches of the tournament. Germany vs. Portugal will be the debut match for the “Group of Death” – -Group G — on Monday, which will also see the US take on Ghana later on.
For the Portuguese striker, things have not been going so smoothly lately, after he sustained a knee injury that has been described as tendinitis. On Sunday, Cristiano Ronaldo declared himself fit to play against Germany, in what is certain to be one of the most exciting matches of the 2014 World Cup thus far.
On Sunday, Ronaldo stated that he is fit and ready to face Germany, one of the favorite teams to take the 2014 World Cup title. During the pre-match press conference the 29-year-old superstar said:
“I would be the first to tell the coach if I were unable to play, I would never put my career at risk even for a World Cup.”
“I’d love to be 110 percent and but I am 100 percent and that is enough to help my team.”
“Obviously I wish I did not have any pain, but that is impossible. I don’t think there’s ever been a day without pain.”
As reported by The Inquisitr, last week Cristiano Ronaldo was seen leaving Portugal’s training camp early, limping and with a huge ice bag around his left knee. The images led many to believe that his injury was, in fact, not improving and he would not be fit to play the feared Germans on Monday.
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But over the weekend, Ronaldo joined his teammates in practice and was seen doing some tricks and sporting a big smile. He looks confident, happy, and relaxed ahead of his debut in the World Cup.
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Ronaldo recently helped his club, Real Madrid, win “La Decima”, their 10th UEFA Champions League title and played the totality of the match. Afterwards, he was given a few extra days of rest to get ready to travel to Brazil.
Portugal coach, Paulo Bento, stated that his team is not just about Cristiano Ronaldo, “The importance of having in the team a player like Cristiano is enormous, but this does not mean we have to be world champions. All 23 players have to be like a compact team in order to achieve a good result.”
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