Published: Sun, June 18, 2017
Science | By Boyd Webster

Portugal hoping Ronaldo can continue his good form in Russia

Portugal hoping Ronaldo can continue his good form in Russia

That has prompted speculation linking him with Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United among others but Silva, who moved to Milan from Porto earlier this month, insists the four-time Champions League victor remains focused on his country's upcoming matches.

Incredibly, the 32-year-old's remarkable run of success could well be extended into July, what with Portugal one of the favourites to win the Confederations Cup, which begins today in Russian Federation.

The Portuguese record scorer will captain his nation on Sunday in the Confederations, which they qualified for as European Championship winners, in preparation for next summer's World Cup in Russian Federation.

Over the next two weeks, eight teams will compete for global bragging rights and an opportunity to qualify for next year's World Cup. Portugal will play Mexico in a Confederations Cup, Group A soccer match scheduled for Sunday, June 1. Host-nation Russian Federation will kick things off Saturday when it takes on New Zealand. Portugal shouldn't have much trouble progressing to at least the semifinals.

Silva, who has just moved from FC Porto to AC Milan in a transfer worth almost 40 million euros, has scored seven goals in eight games since his debut with the national team in a friendly against Gibraltar in September.

"He is an example for us, the way he works, the way he plays", Patricio said.

Should Santos opt for a similar setup to begin the Confederations Cup, he can expect frugality in the defensive third and excitement along the forward line.

Fabian's view was supported by goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa, who added: "It's Portugal, not just Cristiano". "It took them five days to create the graffiti".

Stacked against Mexico is Portugal's star player Cristiano Ronaldo, who is the first player in FIFA history to win The Best FIFA Men's Player Award, "the highest individual player award in world [soccer]" according to FIFA.

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In the Confederations Cup Chile have been drawn into a group featuring World Cup holders Germany, Asian Cup winners Australia and African Cup of Nations winners Cameroon.

Few athletes have experienced the run of success Ronaldo is enjoying. "Both teams have great players, it will be a tough match". Manager Joachim Low is hoping to get a closer look at players such as Emre Can, Julian Brandt and Amin Younes, which means the likes of Mannschaft stalwarts Mats Hummels, Toni Kroos and Thomas Muller will get the summer off. "I was his last coach in Portugal when he was 18 years old". The Portuguese are making their debut in this competition and have the players to get off to a flying start on Sunday against Mexico. No Confederations Cup finalist has gone on to win the World Cup the following year.

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