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Can Real Madrid’s Ronaldo win the World Cup single-handed?

Posted on April 25, 2014 by admin

Ronaldo’s Portugal: A One-Man Team?

Football fans around the world will be hoping that Carlo Ancelotti doesn’t rush Cristiano Ronaldo back onto the pitch, in order to play in the Champions League semi-final against Bayern Munich. Any recurrence of his existing knee and hamstring problems could be a disaster for his – and Portugal’s – World Cup hopes.

Best In The World

The chance to see the best players in the world (almost inarguably Argentina’s Lionel Messi and Ronaldo) competing against each other is what draws even neutrals into the World Cup Finals, and leaves many with a taste for league football when the season kicks off again. If you’re one of the millions who’ll be backing individual players to score, as well as on specific results like a possible Argentina vs Brazil World Cup game – a mouth-watering semi-final option – you can keep in touch with player and team news at Coral’s site.

 

Indispensable

So how important is Ronaldo to Portugal? Do they have any chance of doing well without him? At the time of writing it looks as though he’s just about fit for Champions League action, and Real’s Xabi Alonso certainly thinks he’s indispensable to Madrid. The midfielder was quoted in The Guardian before the Bayern game: “Ronaldo gives us great power to create chances and score goals.”

 

His contribution to Portugal’s World Cup qualification was immense; four goals in the play-offs against Sweden saw Portugal through to the finals, three of them coming in the second leg. He managed eight goals in the campaign, but has also scored freely for his country in recent friendlies. Ronaldo is now the nation’s top scorer – ever.

 

Versatile

On top of his sheer goalscoring prowess, it’s his versatility that marks him out. He can play down the middle or on either side of the pitch, and his ability to dribble past hapless opponents is matched by his speed and his dead-ball skills. And let’s not forget his aerial talents – he’s one of the finest headers of the ball currently playing.

 

Attacking Options

Portugal without Ronaldo is a worse team than Portugal with Ronaldo, but with players like Hugo Almeida and Helder Postiga available, it’d be a little unfair to call them a one-man team. Postiga, now 31, has notched up 27 goals for his country in 66 games, not far off Ronaldo’s tally, statistically speaking. Almeida has 17 in 53 appearances, and the problem for Portugal is that after Postiga and Ronaldo it’s difficult to see a huge goal tally being a realistic possibility. Happily for the nation and neutral fans the world over, it looks like Ronaldo will be fighting fit for Brazil. Fingers crossed…

 

(Image courtesy of Wikipedia)

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