After weeks of struggling for full fitness, Portugal winder and talisman Cristiano Ronaldo has declared himself fit for his side’s opening World Cup match against Germany on Monday, BBC
Since the final weeks of the club season with Real Madrid, Ronaldo has suffered from knee and thigh problems, including tendonitis, which kept him out of a couple of Portugal’s warm-up matches.
However, the 29-year-old has stressed that he will be fit for the match at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, saying: “I’m at 100%. I want to have a great World Cup.”
Ronaldo comes into this World Cup after what was perhaps his best season at Real Madrid, where his performances helped him to his second Ballon D’Or, as well as the club to its first Champions League win since 2002. They also secured success in the Copa Del Rey with a victory over Barcelona in the final.
The former Manchester United rejected suggestions that he must perform outstandingly at this World Cup in order to confirm his status as one of the greats. He added: “I don’t have to demonstrate anything. Not now or before or after. What I have to do is continue my career which has been great so far.
“I’m just someone who wants to help to become a champion. We’re not the favourite or in the group of favourites, which is something which is good for us.”