Cristiano Ronaldo has said that while he wouldn’t put Portugal among the favourites to win the World Cup, he is confident of a successful tournament.
The Real Madrid forward has been recovering from injury prior to the competition and according to AS, wrote a message on a social network site in which he discussed what the World Cup means to him.
Ronaldo touched on playing in Brazil and Portugal’s historic connection with the country, the difficult group Portugal face, and what it means to captain the team.
“Competing in the World Cup in a brother country like Brazil is something that attracts us,” he revealed.
“Portugal and Brazil have historic connections, the two countries speak the same language and I think it will be a fantastic experience. I think the Brazilians are going to support us.
“We aren’t favourites but we are going to do our best. We know we’re in a tough group, in my opinion the hardest of all.
“We have to go step-by-step, game-by-game, setting our goals. We’re calm but confident.
“It’s an honour to represent Portugal and being captain. I’m proud and it’s a pleasure but also a great responsibility.
“I still get excited when I hear the Portuguese anthem and nothing compares to that.”