Portuguese talisman limps out of training with just days remaining before World Cup opener against Germany.
Cristiano Ronaldo, the man carrying the hopes of Portugal on his shoulders, limped out of a training session on Thursday with just four days to go until their World Cup opener against Germany according to reports in the Guardian.
The Real Madrid man, fresh from scoring the final goal as his side claimed the Champions League with a 4-1 win over rivals Atletico Madrid, has been troubled by injuries in the lead up to the World Cup, missing Portugal’s warm-up friendly against Greece with knee tendinitis.
Portugal manager Paulo Bento will be praying that his star man is fit for the clash against Joachim Low’s side, with Portugal’s chances of making it through a tough group that also includes Ghana and the USA being heavily reliant on the form of the world player of the year.
Former Manchester United man Ronaldo was in good form as Portugal surprised many to reach the semi-finals of Euro 2012, only exiting the tournament on penalties after a nail-biting draw with eventual winners Spain.
His nation have, however, never won a major tournament – with the shocking Euro 2004 final defeat to underdogs Greece on home soil in Lisbon being the closest that they have got. With Ronald fit and on form this summer, however, they are a team that it would be hard to satisfactorily discount.