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Former Benfica manager Manuel José has criticised Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo for not believing in his international teammates. After scraping into the World Cup finals at the last moment, Portugal were expected to make an impact at the tournament since they were coming on the high of Ronaldo winning the Champions League a few weeks ago. Widely regarded as the best player in the world, Ronaldo was one of the favourites to finish as the tournament’s top scorer. At age 29, he comes with a lot of experience to be able to do this.
However, Portugal are one of the major disappointments at the World Cup 2014 after they were knocked out of the group stages. The only consolation was the 2-1 win over Ghana in the final group match, which at least prevented them from finishing bottom of the group. Ronaldo, who had been suffering from injury problems throughout the tournament, was a major disappointment, as he failed to make any impact. He scored only one goal and that came in the meaningless game against Ghana. In contrast, players like Neymar and Lionel Messi have scored four goals so far.
A 4-0 defeat to open the tournament against Germany was just the start of the problems and José claims that it came as a result of Ronaldo not trusting his teammates on the pitch. “Portugal have been carrying the ‘world’s best’ like a diamond ring that we never had. The other players were treated like subordinates. Completely. He is a fantastic player, but every time he speaks he comes out with a blunder. He ended up saying that he never believed in the team. If he does not believe in the team, then he doesn’t believe in his teammates,” said the former Benfica coach.
At 29, this may have been Ronaldo’s last World Cup.
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Portugal manager Paulo Bento has stated that international superstar Cristiano Ronaldo is definitely back for the Portuguese national team ahead of their opening match in the World Cup 2014 against Germany. Portugal have been given a tough group for the World Cup 2014, but they have prepared in excellent fashion for this competition with no defeats in the warmup friendly matches. Further, they have also conceded just one goal in the three matches. More importantly, Bento was able to celebrate the return of Cristiano Ronaldo to the first-team action.
Ronaldo has been struggling with fitness problems in the last few months. This has seen him miss important matches for Real Madrid, although he was a crucial player for the club in the Champions League final. After having just won the Champions League, Ronaldo will be hoping to seal off a memorable year with the World Cup 2014 trophy in his cabinet. Portugal’s hopes of winning their first World Cup largely depends upon Ronaldo doing well in the competition. The 29-year-old has only two World Cup goals to his name, but he recently returned to first team action against the Republic of Ireland.
Even though he was not able to score, Ronaldo’s presence boosted the team to a 5-1 win.
“Yes, it was important that he played and we would not hide it. A player like Ronaldo is important for any team, and that’s the case for us. It’s good that he is back. I think he had a good match alongside what we did collectively. Considering he has been without competitive football for a few weeks, I think he did well,” said the Portugal manager. “I think he showed he’s good, he’s well, and I think he showed he will be 100 per cent. We are in a tough group but when you are in the World Cup you know you have to challenge the best teams,” said Nani.
Real Madrid have been given a major boost after manager Carlo Ancelotti confirmed that both Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale will be ready to start in the Champions League final 2014. Both players have been missing the last couple of matches due to injury. Ronaldo was named in the starting line-up for the last match of the league campaign, but he was taken off as a precaution following a recurrence of the hamstring problem. However, Real Madrid have been handed a major boost after Ancelotti said that both players have been fit and training well in the last few days.
The opposition manager, Diego Simeone, though, may not have such delight because this team are set to be without Diego Costa and Turan for the match. Both players suffered what looked like serious injuries in the 1-1 draw with Barcelona during the weekend. This result helped them captured the league title for the first time since 1994, but eyes have quickly turned upon the Champions League final, which will take place this weekend. Ronaldo and Bale have been the biggest attacking threat for Madrid.
After snatching only the Copa del Rey this season, Ancelotti will be very keen on winning his third Champions League title as a manager.
“Bale didn’t train because he did specific work in the gym. We preferred that he did that work in the gym and he didn’t need to go out onto the field. The two of them are going to play. That is what is important for us,” Ancelotti said. “Obviously I didn’t play for two games prior to the weekend so it was just a bit of recovery work. It is quite normal to miss a day during the week and we have four days until the final,” said Bale regarding his absence from training.
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Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has rejected suggestions that the knee injury suffered by star Cristiano Ronaldo in the 3-0 win over Borussia Dortmund could be a serious one. Ronaldo has been a virtual ever present player for Madrid in the last few years, as he has suffered very few injuries. This is due to a combination of looking after himself extremely well and also his motivation to be the best player in the world. He is looking to become the record goalscorer in the Champions League, but that did not come in the win over at Dortmund.
The Spanish outfit were looking to get revenge on the German club for their defeat in the semi-final stage last season. The first leg of the quarter-finals was at the Santiago Bernabeu and Madrid managed to put one foot in the semifinals after a 3-0 win. Even though Ronaldo did not score in this encounter, he had a huge influence nonetheless. The big disappointment for Madrid came later in the match after Ronaldo limped off with what appeared to be a serious injury. Ancelotti has cooled such rumours by saying that the superstar came off as a precaution.
Madrid need the services of Ronaldo if they are to topple both Atletico Madrid and Barcelona in the league title race.
“It’s a slight knee problem and I’m not worried about it. If the niggle, which at the moment is not a worry, continues we can rest him, but the player is relaxed. I took him off 10 minutes before the end and there is no reason to worry. He [Isco] had a great match, he defended and won balls. He also demonstrated his attacking ability with a goal. He had a fantastic game, really helping his team and demonstrating that he has that passion,” said Ancelotti.