Cristiano Ronaldo has admitted he is yet to reach full fitness as he continues to train with a his knee strapped up, but says he has nothing to prove after two disappointing World Cup displays in the past, the Telegraph
Ronaldo has played at the 2006 and 2010 World Cups but has yet to shine on the world’s biggest stage with Portugal – sporting just two goals against lower opposition in Iran and North Korea.
But while Brazil may offer the Ballon D’or winner a third chance, the player himself believes he has been left with nothing to prove to anyone.
Ronaldo said: “I don’t think I have to show anyone anything. Look at my statistics and my CV – I have nothing to prove. My career has been great so far and I just want that to continue.
“But I believe that one player is not a team. I can’t carry the team on my back. I want to be champion, but let’s take it a step at a time.
“Obviously I would like to be at 110 per cent, but I am 100 per cent and that is enough to help the national team.”
While still on the comeback trail from injury – Ronaldo was diagnosed with tendonitis during the build up to the World Cup – many in the Portuguese camp believe he is the man that can drive the national side to success in Brazil.
Defender Bruno Alves spoke of him as a the ‘world’s best player’ while Fabio Coentrao described his club and international colleague as a ‘super athlete’ who’s will to succeed will drive Portugal forward.
And it is clear to see why he is looked up to by his team mates – he has already surpassed the likes of Eusebio, Luis Figo and previous record goal scorer Pauleta in scoring 49 goals for his country, and he will be hoping to make it to a half century when Portugal get their campaign underway against heavy weights Germany.