News that Cristiano Ronaldo's injury could cost him his very lucrative and successful career hit like wildfire on Wednesday. Reports are that Portugal's doctors warned the striker to rest his leg or risk the unthinkable.
Although for Ronaldo -- one of the best players in the world -- the prospect is dire, the player refuses to heed medical advice. Media reports suggest that the Portuguese captain is at risk of tearing a tendon if he continues to play, and it is best if he just pulls out.
Portugal was demolished by Germany in their opener and have little chance to recover, from what we saw on the field. Ronaldo and his teammates are competing in the "Group of Death," which also includes heavy favorites Germany, the U.S., and Ghana.
On Wednesday, Portugal was given the troubling news, according to the website Diariogoal.com, which states that the doctors have ordered Cristiano Ronaldo to pull out of the World Cup due to a new injury to his leg. But the news was not only worrisome for coach Paulo Bento, but Real Madrid, where Ronaldo plays the regular season.
El Confidencial reports that a flurry of phone calls were received in Spain, following confirmation of Cristiano Ronaldo's injury diagnosis. Even though the 29-year-old stated he would never put his career at risk, reports point to the contrary.
Ronaldo allegedly disregarded advice from physicians, who asked him not to start in the match against Germany -- for which he was a non-factor. A magnetic resonance imaging session in Brazil indicated that he should have been benched for the match.
Despite all the bad news surrounding his injury, Cristiano Ronaldo has sounded upbeat on Twitter, which he uses regularly to communicate with fans. He has commented on the training session with his Portuguese team:
What a great first training session and day yesterday. http://t.co/3HmGPTfzXb
— Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) June 13, 2014
Hoje, quando a nossa epopeia finalmente começar, seremos muito mais do que 10 milhões... http://t.co/CxNgIG0a7a pic.twitter.com/1AvvlOyYgv"He must stop right now or his knee will cease to work. His future as a professional soccer player is at stake," doctor Noronha, Cristiano's personal practitioner, reportedly said. "It is up to me whether I play or not", the player allegedly responded.
— Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) June 16, 2014
During the final weeks of La Liga and into the UEFA Champions League finals, Cristiano Ronaldo missed a few matches because of injury, but he played the entirety of the UCL final. We will see if the Ballon d'Or winner remains at the World Cup, despite Portugal's lackluster opening performance and his condition. No comment from Ronaldo thus far.
[Image via Twitter]