Cristiano backs trio for World Cup

Cristiano Ronaldo has listed the three countries he hopes Portugal avoid in the World Cup draw and who he believes can win the tournament.

Today will see the 32 qualified nations for the competition being hosted in Brazil next summer learn their group stage opponents.

For Real Madrid’s leading forward, who will be captaining Portugal at the competition, there are three countries to keep an eye out for.

“The candidates to win the World Cup are Brazil, Spain and Germany,” Ronaldo has told Marca this week.

“Perhaps it is not a good time for us to come up against them, but we have not considered that yet. We shall see what comes from the draw.

“We have confidence, we are well and have fulfilled the objective to reach Brazil.

“We hope that we do not meet one of those stronger sides are the start.”

The 28-year-old will feature in his third World Cup and was asked if this could be ‘his’ tournament.

“Maybe, but it depends on many things, how the season goes and that everyone feels good.

“There are many factors, but I feel good right now and what matters is that I continue like this to the end of the League season and then into the World Cup.

“We cannot make any promises on the title, but we are going to give it our best.”

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