Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo has delivered a very critical message ahead of their opening game in the 2014 FIFA World Cup tournament: I have nothing to prove.
The World Player of the Year has been a constant comparison to Argentina’s Lionel Messi and after the Barcelona forward’s trademark goal against Bosnia on Sunday night, Neymar superb display for Brazil in the opening game, Robin van Persie’s dismantling of World Champions Spain, Balotelli downing England and Karim Benzema shining for France, the stage is set for Ronaldo to show what he can against Germany.
But the Real Madrid star man said ahead of the game:
‘I don’t think I have to show anyone anything. Look at my statistics and CV, I have no words for that question. I have nothing to prove. My career has been great so far and I just want to continue.
‘I want to be champion, but let’s take it a step at a time. We played a great team tomorrow, but we have our weapons. We are not in the group of favourites, but we are one of the best.
‘For me it pushes me forward to succeed at a tournament. I like challenges, I want to do my best in whatever competition I am in.
‘It is a new challenge which I will face up to. I want to show my football, it is my life and something want to do most.’
The player also declared himself fit for the opening game against Germany saying on Sunday:
‘Obviously I would like to be at 110 per cent.I am 100 per cent and that is enough to help the national team.
‘I have been practising for many days and I am feeling well. There has not been a single moment when I have not played without pain in my career, that’s the burden’
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