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Portugal will have a tough World Cup group stages according to its manager Paulo Bento, who has also refused to accept that Germany will be the favourites to qualify for the knockout stages from this group. Portugal will be up alongside Germany, the USA, and Ghana in the group stages. This has already been dubbed as the group of death due to the strength of the opposition. Portugal will go to the competition with Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo spearheading their attack, but that does not mean that they can qualify for the knockout stages easily.
Germany come into the tournament as the favourites to win the title after having come close in recent major tournaments. Bento, though, thinks that all the national teams that have qualified for the World Cup are very similar in terms of strength. However, he thinks that Portugal are better in one regard – the presence of Ronaldo. The 28-year-old was recently crowned as the best player in the world ahead of Lionel Messi. He has scored more than 60 goals in 2013 alone, while his form has shown no signs of slowing down in 2014 as well.
Portugal have not done well in the qualification stages for the last major tournaments. Bento accepts that he is confident of success at the World Cup 2014.
“It is a difficult group, I have to say. The level of the top national teams is similar. It is very equal and it will be tough, but we have one point in our favour; we have the best player in the world (Ronaldo). Cristiano works well at everything. He is a fantastic professional and now he is an ambitious player. He always wants to be a better player. It is incredible, but he is still improving as a player and everybody expects a lot from the best player in the world,” said Bento.
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Real Madrid’s Portugal superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has said that he has his sights firmly set on the World Cup 2014, as he wants to complete the set. Ronaldo has been one of the best players in the last five years. He recently proved this by winning the FIFA Ballon d’Or award for the second time in his career. He has been a major influence on the Portugal national team over the years by not only being the captain, but also as one of the top goal scorers. Despite his presence, the national team has been unable to win major tournaments.
He almost single-handedly helped them reach the semifinals of the Euro 2012 before the lost to Italy. After suffering numerous disappointments major tournaments with the national team, the 28-year-old is keen to end the heartbreak. Paulo Bento’s team have been handed a tough group at the 2014 edition since they will be up alongside Germany, Ghana, and United States. Ronaldo has admitted that it will be very difficult to win it, but he wants to give his best nonetheless.
The Real Madrid attack has scored more than 60 goals in the last calendar year, while he is showing no signs of slowing down in 2014 as well.
“Winning the World Cup with Portugal is my dream – without wanting to take any merit away from other trophies. We know that winning the World Cup is a difficult challenge, as every nation wants to win it but we will give our best to do it. This is my life, my profession, my passion. I want to continue playing for many more years to come. I am still young,” said Ronaldo. Portugal qualified for this tournament after beating Sweden 4-2 on aggregate.
They will play against Cameroon and Greece in friendly matches before the opening game against Germany.
Portugal Supporters Online video Score: 5 / five
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