Cristiano Ronaldo arrived back in Lisbon with Portugal squad

The Portugal squad arrived back in Lisbon this morning amid little fanfare, with a small group of fans turning out to welcome home their fallen heroes.

 Having finished 3rd in their group, and failing to qualify for the next round on goal difference, the apathy from the Portugal fans was perhaps to be expected, and was probably how the players themselves would have wanted it.

On arrival, Nani, Meireles et al bade farewell and went their separate ways, while Cristiano Ronaldo opted for an interesting mode of transport to get home.

The 2014 Ballon D’Or and Real Madrid star surprised onlookers by hailing a public cab, and throwing his bag in the boot like a common travaler.
Fortsätt läsa Cristiano Ronaldo arrived back in Lisbon with Portugal squad

Portugal wins but Ronaldo’s Goal wasn’t enough for Portugal to keep them in World Cup

Cristiano Ronaldo finally made his mark at the 2014 World Cup  with his 50th international goal for Portugal— but it came too late to spare Portugal an early exit from Brazil.

The world player of the year broke his scoring drought at the tournament with an 80th-minute winner in Portugal’s 2-1 victory over Ghana on Thursday.

That result, however, left the Portuguese level on four points with United States in Group G but with an inferior goal difference to the second-place Americans, who lost 1-0 to Germany in Recife. Ghana also was eliminated, finishing bottom of the group.

 

[quote]“We knew we had to score three goals and were depending on the result of the Germany game and we couldn’t do that,” Ronaldo said after his most lively performance of the tournament.

“We deserved more, but that’s football. We are leaving with our heads held high.”[/quote]

Ronaldo barely celebrated after slamming home his goal with his left foot, giving Portugal its first win after a 4-0 loss to Germany and 2-2 draw with the U.S.

By that time, the Portuguese still needed a three-goal swing to move above the Americans and even though Ronaldo was presented with two more great chances in injury time at Estadio Nacional, his team was always going to fall short.

[quote]“We created many opportunities but we could not finish them,” said Ronaldo, who was voted man of the match in a bittersweet ending.[/quote]

A 2-1 victory would have put Ghanaians through but Majeed Waris’ headed chance that he planted wide of the post in the 60th was the only genuine opening they created before Ronaldo’s sucker-punch.

It was perhaps no surprise that Ghana delivered its most subdued display of the tournament, ensuring Ronaldo was given plenty of time and space to wreak havoc.

If his finishing had been anywhere close to the standard he delivers week in, week out for Real Madrid, Portugal may even have extended its stay in Brazil — at least for a few more days. Fortsätt läsa Portugal wins but Ronaldo’s Goal wasn’t enough for Portugal to keep them in World Cup

World Cup: Fan Breaks Into Ronaldo’s Room (June 26, 2014)

15-year-old Brazilian boy successfully breached security to get into Cristiano Ronaldo’s hotel room at the World Cup.

According to Globo, the youngster, named Yago Leal, met the Portugal star after climbing the hotel in Brasilia where Portugal stayed for their clash with Ghana.

Leal climbed in over the balcony and waited on Ronaldo’s bed until the Real Madrid superstar returned and was lucky that he was in a welcoming mood.

The 29-year-old decided against calling the police and even allowed the boy to take a photo from the balcony before he climbed out the same way he had entered.

The lad took this picture before escaping (Picture: Twitter)

He wasn’t the only one making a hasty exit, as Ronaldo’s Portugal crashed out of the World Cup on goal difference despite their 2-1 victory over the Black Stars.

Portugal vs Ghana: Preview – Cristiano Ronaldo rules out chances

If the stars align Portugal can still squeeze into the last 16 but Cristiano Ronaldo has already ruled out their chances of lifting the World Cup title.

With just one point from their opening two games and an adverse goal difference, Portugal are on the cusp of joining England and Spain in falling at the first hurdle in Brazil.

However, if either of Germany or the USA lose and Paulo Bento’s side beat Ghana by a sufficient margin, Ronaldo and co could pinch second spot in Group G.

They will have to do so without Fabio Coentrao, who is still out with a hamstring complaint, but Pepe returns from suspension after he saw red against Germany.

Strikers Hugo Almeida and Helder Postiga are both struggling to reach full fitness so Eder may earn his first start of the tournament alongside Ronaldo, who is still nursing a knee problem – and not expecting fireworks.

[quote]

“Maybe we are an average team,” said the 2014 Ballon d’Or winner. “It would be a lie to say that we are a top team. We have a very limited team and we are not at the best level.

“This does not enable you to beat top teams. There are no miracles. We knew we would have a tough group, with perhaps teams better than us.

“I am not a hypocrite – I never thought we could be world champions, we have to be humble and know our level.”

[/quote]

Ghana are three goals better off than Portugal but, also sitting on just one point, they equally need a victory as well as hoping either Germany beat the USA or suffer a heavy defeat themselves.

The Black Stars are without a clean sheet in their last six World Cup games but Portugal – despite possessing one of the most potent players on the planet – have failed to score in six of their last nine.

Coach Kwesi Appiah will be without Sulley Muntari, which may see former Chelsea man Michael Essien come into the midfield, while Kevin-Prince Boateng should retain his starting place.

However, Muntari’s suspension is not the only disturbance to the pre-match build-up after the country’s government were forced to fly $3million to Brazil this week.

The money was sent on Tuesday to settle the appearance fees of a number of Ghanaian players who almost boycotted the trip to Brasilia.

An official statement from the Ghana FA said: ”We wish to assure the general public following President (John Dramani) Mahama’s intervention the Black Stars are in high spirits ahead of Thursday’s match last Group G match against Portugal.”

Portugal were never World Cup contenders, says Cristiano Ronaldo

Portugal’s star captain Cristiano Ronaldo has revealed he never believed his side could win the World Cup this summer.

Despite pre-tournament expectations, Cristiano Ronaldo has maintained he never saw Portugal as legitimate World Cup contenders this summer.

Following a 4-0 thrashing at the hands of Germany, the side could only manage a last-gasp 2-2 draw with the USA on Sunday, leaving them on the brink of elimination going into their final group game against Ghana

Portugal now need both a thumping win on Wednesday and for either Germany or the USA to claim all three points in Group G’s other matchup in order to progress to the last 16, but Ronaldo already appears resigned to an early exit.

 

Maybe we’re an average team,’ he told Fox Sports. ‘It would be a lie to say that we are a top team. We have a very limited team and we are not at the best level. This does not enable you to beat top teams.

‘There are no miracles. We knew we would have a tough group, with perhaps teams better than us,’ he added. ‘I never thought we could be world champions, we have to be humble and know our level.

‘I’m not a hypocrite. I never thought we could win the tournament.’

 

 

 

Finishing behind Russia in their World Cup qualifying group, Portugal needed a playoff win over Sweden to make it to Brazil, but the mere presence of the Real Madrid forward in their lineup still saw them enter the tournament as one of the more fancied sides.

Cristiano Ronaldo To Start Against U.S. In World Cup

Portugal will have its star striker on the field Sunday against the United States.

With Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal still have a chance to reach the second round at the World Cup. Without him, the advantage might just switch to the United States.

Ronaldo has been carrying an injury to his left knee, and the World Player of the Year was seen using an ice pack on it during training on Wednesday. But he is still expected to play against the Americans today at the Arena da Amazonia in a match that Portugal can’t afford to lose.

Cristiano played the last game,” midfielder Raul Meireles said, via ESPN. “He trains every day with all of us. Cristiano is fit to play, that’s all I can say.”

Ronaldo has been one of the best players in the world for about a decade, and last year he even surpassed Lionel Messi by ending the Argentina forward’s streak of winning the FIFA Ballon d’Or.

He has also excelled on the world stage, helping Portugal reach the 2004 European Championship final and the 2006 World Cup semi-finals. The team also advanced out of the group stage at both Euro 2008 and the last World Cup, and then reached the semi-finals at Euro 2012.

Ronaldo’s inclusion in the lineup is a good sign for Portugal, but the road to the knockout stage will not be an easy one. Portugal was crushed by Germany 4-0 in its first match and will be without at least four players for the game against the United States. Pepe — one of Portugal’s top defenders — will sit out because of a red card he took against Germany.

Bento had to make multiple lineup changes, but he said those playing against the U.S. will be ready to go.

“The players know who will be playing, they know what they have to do and they know what the opponent does,” Bento said.

Portugal needs to at least earn one point to have a chance at advancing to the next round. The U.S. can clinch a spot in the knockout stage with a win.

Real Madrid’s 2014/15 US Tour

Real Madrid will take on Inter Milan, Roma and Manchester United in the International Champions Cup.

Real Madrid will return to the USA for their pre-season. The Whites will play the International Champions Cup 20 years after the World Cup that was played in the country, and they will take on Inter Milan, Roma and Manchester United in Group A as they bid to defend their title. If Madrid win they will play the final in Miami against the winner of Group B, which is formed by Liverpool, Manchester City, Olympiacos and Milan.

California will be the first US stadium to come into play during this European preseason. The Whites play their opener in the International Champions Cup against Inter Milan in the California Memorial Stadium at the University of Berkeley (26 July 15:00 local time, 00:00 CET). Inaugurated in 1923, the stadium has an AstroTurf pitch and a capacity of 73,347 and is the home of university American football team the California Golden Bears.

[quote]REAL MADRID WON THE LAST THREE EDITIONS OF THE TOURNAMENT[/quote]

Roma will be the Whites’ second opponent in the International Champions Cup (29 June at 20:15, 30 July at 03:15 CET). Ancelotti’s men will travel to the Cotton Bowl in Dallas (Texas), which has a capacity of 68,252 spectators and is the home of FC Dallas in Major League Soccer. The stadium was opened in 1932 and six matches were played there during the 1994 World Cup, including Spain – South Korea (2-2).

The final match in Group A will also be also be a great clash. Real Madrid face Manchester United in Ann Arbor (2 August 16:06 local time, 22:06 CET). It will be the first time the Whites have visited the stadium in Michigan. The University of Michigan Stadium, home to the National Collegiate Athletic Association of American Football team, the Michigan Wolverines, will host the game. It is the biggest stadium in the country and the fourth biggest in the world and has a capacity of 109,901 spectators.

Miami will host the final again
The final of this prestigious tournament will take place in the Sun Life Stadium in Miami once again, when the winner of Group A will face the winner of Group B, which is made up of Liverpool, Manchester City, Olympiacos and Milan. Real Madrid and Chelsea were the 2013 finalists (3-1).

Cristiano Ronaldo risking his career if he doesn’t rest his knee

El Confidencial’ reveals shocking news about Cristiano Ronaldo after Por-Ger Match.

Cristiano Ronaldo appears to be alright, other than losing 4-0 against Germany and struggling to have a single chance because of the poor level of his teammates. But according to El Confidencial, the Portuguese player is risking his career by playing through his tendinitis on his left knee. The Portuguese player would need to be out of the pitch for two months if he wants to avoid a serious injury like the one Rafa Nadal had when he stopped playing tennis for seven months.

It’s not that El Confidencial is a very realiable source. Last summer, they reported that Isco had chosen Manchester City over Real Madrid just a couple of days before the playmaker signed his contract with los blancos. But it’s true that Cristiano Ronaldo seems to be playing through some physical problems, and he could use some rest. Considering that Portugal might be knocked-out of the competition on this Group Stage after their big loss against Germany, it would be good both for the player and Real Madrid to give Ronaldo a couple of months of rest.

Cristiano Ronaldo on top among top 10 Wealthiest players in World Cup 2014

Portuguese soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo is super rich, richer than Argentinian Lionel Messi. He’s so rich that his net worth is nearly one-quarter of the combined fortunes of the 10 wealthiest players in this year’s FIFA World Cup.

According to a list of the richest players in this year’s World Cup produced by research firm Wealth-X Ronaldo’s has a net worth of $230 million. The forward for Spanish club Barcelona, Lionel Messi, drives a Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale and net worth is $180.

England striker Rooney ranks third with $95 million.

With $90 million Didier Drogba takes the fourth post and the 36-year-old striker plays for Turkish club Galatasaray. Samuel Eto’o, $75 million is among the top five and the 33-year old striker for English club Chelsea drives a Maybach 57 S Xanatec Coupe. His lavish car collection includes an Aston Martin.

At number six is Yaya Toure, $70 million. The 31-year old is a midfielder for English club Manchester City.

English Midfielders Frank Lampard ($60 million) and Steven Gerrard ($55 million), England has more wealthy players on the list than any other country.

Spain has only one ultra-wealthy footballer on the list in Fernando Torres, who has an estimated net worth of $50 million.

Italy’s Gianluigi Buffon, who has an estimated net worth of $50 million, is the only goalkeeper in the list, which primarily consists of midfielders or strikers.

Wealth-X is the world’s leading ultra-high net worth (UHNW) intelligence and prospecting firm with the largest collection of curated research on UHNW individuals, defined as those with net assets of $30 million and above.