- Match Analysis
Cristiano Ronaldo started the season off slowly and was one of the main reasons why Real Madrid struggled in the first half of the season. Then the Portuguese picked up his form, scoring 41 goals and assisting 8 in 40 games.
The Forward helped the club to win their 3rd consecutive Champions League under manager Zinedine Zidane after beating Liverpool 3-1. But after winning the title, the 33 year cast doubts over his future by hinting that he could leave Santiago Bernabeu this summer.
He confessed that his comments were ill-timed, but it means he enters a second straight major international tournament with his next move at club level shrouded in mystery.
But the Portugal International’s teammate Manuel Fernandes believes that he is fully focused on World Cup campaign and is not thinking about his Real Madrid future.
“I don’t have any kind of negative view. I see him as normal. He doesn’t seem to be worried about the future to me,” said Fernandes.
“He’s very focused on what the national team are doing and being able to help Portugal.”
“Given that he is such an important player for the team and one of the best in the world, it is normal that we have some dependence on him,” he said.
“It’s perfectly normal, however Portugal were the champions of Europe because of the group, not its individuals.
“In no way can Cristiano Ronaldo be detrimental to our team. It would not make much sense. He’s very demanding with himself and ends up demanding a lot from us as well.”
Portugal will start their campaign by facing Spain on Friday, who are one of the leading contenders to win the World Cup.