“If I do not rating a single objective and Portugal win the World Cup, I will take that”

Cristiano Ronaldo spoke three days earlier than Portugal kick off their World Cup marketing campaign towards Ghana.

The Seleção captain was the chosen participant for immediately’s every day press convention, and didn’t shirk any query. The press convention coated Portugal’s ambitions, the event favourites, that interview, his relationship with Bruno Fernandes, and the Lionel Messi GOAT debate.

Is that this Portugal’s greatest era of gamers?

“It is all relative. I consider our staff has huge potential. Whether or not we win or not… Let’s examine. Whether or not that is one of the best Choice or not, we will solely say on the finish. A staff that wins is one of the best era.

“This era is excellent, it has huge potential, it is younger. However we’ll take issues calmly and suppose first in regards to the match towards Ghana, which in my view is probably the most troublesome. We have to begin properly to realize confidence, after which take it step-by-step.

Who’re the event favourites?

“There are these groups who we have a look at in a unique mild and make the most important favourites, like Brazil, Argentina, France and Germany, who often have extra likelihood or are thought-about favorites by the entire world and by the followers.

In 2016, no one gave Portugal an opportunity and we gained. There could also be surprises, and I hope on this World Cup it may occur once more.”

Relationship with Bruno Fernandes

“In these event ultimate phases there are all the time controversies. This incident with Bruno Fernandes was one other one that you just [the media] acquired unsuitable. You get a number of issues unsuitable! I used to be having a joke with him. My relationship with him is great. He arrived late as a result of his airplane was delayed and I requested him if he got here by boat. It was a joke and also you made a storm out of it.

“The identical factor occurred with Cancelo. He was a little bit aggravated within the coaching session after a heavy problem by Félix. I grabbed his neck and stated, “come on mate, let’s go,” to encourage him.”

The Piers Morgan interview

“All the things round Cristiano is all the time a debate. This was the timing I factor for the interview; I am not fearful about what others suppose. I am completely certain it won’t affect something as regards what the Portugal staff desires to do that event.

“All of the gamers and employees know me; they understand how I believe. They’ve identified me since I used to be 12 years outdated and so they will not be influenced by what others say and write.

“The squad is tightknit, assured and united. We’re actually trying ahead to this competitors. Everybody desires to play, which is one thing I prefer to see in a squad that has very excessive ambitions. I’ve little doubt that this episode that occurred with me, or another one which occurs with different gamers, won’t have an effect on the squad.”

good vibes

“The ambiance within the Seleção is great. We’re all with physique and soul within the Seleção. We have now the objective of profitable the event and the squad is tightknit.

“I will take the chance to ask you, for the subsequent press conferences, do not all the time ask questions on Cristiano. Ask questions in regards to the World Cup, about their expectations, and do not discuss me. The Cristiano case is closed. Speak in regards to the event.

“If somebody requested me a query, for instance, about Rafa [who recently retired from international football], I would not reply it, as a result of it is a chapter that has closed. The coach gave an interview and talked about this matter.

“Ask questions in regards to the Seleção. I might such as you to try this.”

You might be two objectives away from equaling Eusébio’s report as Portugal’s highest goalscorer at World Cups. Is that one in every of your goals?

“As I’ve stated earlier than, and it might appear a little bit useless, I do not chase after information, they chase after me. In the previous couple of years I’ve crushed report after report. Beating the report of our Eusébio can be one thing particular, however I am not dropping sleep over it.

“If we win the event and I do not rating a single objective, I will take that, I put on on my youngsters’s lives. It is an important factor for me. It is what might be written within the annuls.”

Will Portugal lastly settle the Ronaldo/Messi GOAT debate?

“I do not see issues that approach. Even when we gained the World Cup that debate would go on. It is like every thing in life; some choose blondes, others choose brunettes.

“I might like to win this event, however if you happen to instructed me I might by no means win one other trophy till the tip of my profession, I might be joyful all the identical. I am pleased with what I’ve achieved.

“However a World Cup in my profession would not be dangerous! I might like it and it is a dream for me. C’est potential. Let’s examine. I hope the optimistic energies are on our facet and we will do our greatest.”

Portugal kick off their marketing campaign in Group H towards Ghana on Thursday, earlier than taking up Uruguay on 28 November, and ending the group with a match towards South Korea, on 2 December.

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