Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo has high hopes for his country ahead of the 2010 World Cup. Earlier this week, he talked about Portugal’s first World Cup 2010 game which will be against la Cote d’Ivoire before assessing African teams in general.
The national team captain reportedly said to Kickoff.com:
“I have never played against Ivory Coast so it will be an interesting match.”
Cristiano Ronaldo will in fact be up against players like Kolo Toure, Emmanuel Eboue, and Didier Drogba possibly which he formerly used to affront during his time in the English Premier League. Many ignore Africa’s potential as the continent doesn’t possess a great World Cup history. However, Cristiano Ronaldo is alert about the danger that African teams might present during the 2010 World Cup. Pursuing his analysis on la Cote d’Ivoire, Cristiano Ronaldo stated:
“They [Ivory Coast] have strong players. African players are always strong, especially physically. We will need to prepare for a tough game, and with this new coach [Sven Goran Eriksson] it will be more difficult. They will be more confident because he is a fantastic coach.”
The World Cup is less than 50 days away. Cote d’Ivoire vs Portugal will be staged in Port Elizabeth. The match will take place on June 15th, and it will start at 16:00 South African local time. Cheer up for Cristiano Ronaldo’s team on that day!
Angela Asante, Footballfantalk.com