Croatian Icon Zvonimir Boban slams Cristiano Ronaldo for the Portugal’s World Cup Failure

Cristiano Ronaldo’s selfishness and vanity hampered Portugal at the FIFA World Cup, according to Croatian icon Zvonimir Boban.

Portugal were eliminated from Brazil 2014 at the first hurdle as they finished third behind eventual World Cup winners Germany and the United States in Group G.

Ronaldo was troubled by knee problems throughout the tournament and the Portugal captain appeared discontent with his team-mates after he stormed off the pitch following the country’s last-gasp 2-2 draw with the USA.

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And Boban – a 51-cap veteran for the national team and a four-time Serie A winner with Milan – said the 29-year-old’s individual mentality was the reason behind Portugal‘s failure in Brazil, pointing to his behaviour after scoring the final goal in Real Madrid‘s UEFA Champions League triumph over Atletico Madrid in May.

”Ronaldo is an amazing player and he showed that again in Brazil, even if he missed a number of chances,” Boban wrote in his column for Croatian newspaper Sportske Novosti.

”But his biggest flaw is the way he looks at himself and the team. 

”He scored the [goal for] 4-1 in the 120th minute of the Champions League final and celebrated like he was insane. That was the ultimate proof that he loves himself. The headlines should be about the team, not about Ronaldo. 

”The same thing happened with Portugal in Brazil. There was no order or discipline. All the Portugal players were playing their own game and more occupied with their hair and tattoos. It’s Hollywood behavior. 

”It’s almost as if the players wanted to show there’s more to Portugal than Ronaldo. It’s a sad thing that a team loses its identity because of an unbalanced captain, both for Ronaldo and for an entire generation.”

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Ronaldo was not rushed into action, says Bento

Portuguese Coach Paulo Bento has rejected claims that Cristiano Ronaldo was rushed back from a knee injury to spearhead Portugal’s attack in the FIFA World Cup.

The Real Madrid forward was seen wearing ice packs on his knee in preparation for the finals having struggled with the problem towards the end of last season.

Ronaldo was unable to keep Portugal in the competition despite playing every minute of every group game in Brazil, and he left with just one goal to his name.

Questions were raised as to the fitness of the talismanic captain, but Bento insists the 29-year-old was fit to play.

”When he reached the World Cup he was not 100 per cent,” Bento told Portuguese TV station TVI. ”But then he was able to train and play.

”He played with effort and sacrifice and was medically fit, he would not have played had he not been.  

”There was not any pressure to speed up his recovery.” 

Portugal were eliminated from the World Cup on goal difference, their 4-0 defeat to Germany in the opening game ultimately proving their undoing as the United States progressed.

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.

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“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.”

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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.

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.

Portugal Training Session, Ronaldo 100% fit for the World Cup Opener.

Portugal superstar forward Cristiano Ronaldo, the 2013 FIFA World player of the year, will be ready for Monday’s Group G match with Germany in Salvador.

Ronaldo has been battling knee and thigh injuries in recent weeks, missing two of Portugal’s World Cup warm-up matches.

Yesterday Ronaldo left the training session in middle with ice pack on his left knee. Questions raised on his fitness after that ‘Will He be Ready ?’ for the debut clash against Germany?

But Portugal teammate William Carvalho said Ronaldo is good to go.

“I think he’s now 100 percent fit,” Carvalho, a forward from Sporting Lisbon, said after Portugal’s training session Friday.

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Fortsätt läsa Portugal Training Session, Ronaldo 100% fit for the World Cup Opener.