01.06.2017 » Cristiano Ronaldo and his World Cup aspirations
Cristiano Ronaldo is a player who has achieved a huge amount in his 32 years. But whilst his incredible scoring record and multiple Ballon d'Or awards are impressive, it's clear that the Portuguese superstar still has his eye on helping Portugal claim their first World Cup in the country's history. After playing a key role in Portugal's journey in France last year, which ended with the Selecção lifting the European Championship for the first time ever, now it's time to aim even higher. The job in hands will be a lot harder, but so will be the reward...
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In 2014, the Portuguese side had a tough time at the FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Unable to overcome their crushing 4-0 defeat by Germany, the side could only draw with the United States and just scraped by against Ghana.
And so, it's been great to see how the team are looking towards the Russia 2018 World Cup, as the perfect opportunity to build upon their unexpected success at the EURO 2016 tournament in France.
Although Ronaldo missed out on the Golden Boot award, his three goals were critical for Portugal's success, and already there are signs that the star is keen to make a big impression in Russia next year.
In the World Cup qualifiers, Ronaldo has already clocked up an incredible 13 goals, and he'll be keen to add to that tally when Portugal face Hungary again in what should be a pivotal match on September 3.
The blog at Betsafe shows how Ronaldo has already enjoyed scoring against the tough Hungarian side, and his performance will be critical for helping the Portuguese side catch up with Switzerland, who are currently sitting at the top of the Group B table.
The Swiss side stunned Portugal when they beat the European champions 2-0 in Basel in September. And despite Portugal's comprehensive victories over the likes of Andorra, Faroe Islands and Latvia, it's clear that they need to step up their game in order to ensure their place in Russia.
Thankfully, it looks like Ronaldo is over his lingering injury that kept cropping up earlier this year. And providing he doesn't suffer any unexpected shocks at the Champions League Final on 3 June, he should be in peak condition to face Latvia in the Group B World Cup qualifying match on June 9.
The Portuguese side are currently ranked 8th in the FIFA World Rankings, and whilst the Swiss team are good, it should be little effort for Ronaldo and his teammates to leapfrog Switzerland into first place in Group B.
And although Portugal have only ever managed to make the semi-finals of the World Cup in 1966 and 2006, it looks like 2018 could be the year when Cristiano Ronaldo delivers them that long-sought World Cup glory!
Cristiano Ronaldo next game is the Champions League final on June 3 of 2017 against Juventus. You can watch Juventus vs Real Madrid, France vs Paraguay, Mexico vs Ireland, Northern Ireland vs New Zealand, and Golden State Warriors vs Cleveland Cavaliers, all matches provided from our live sports game pages.
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Juventus vs Real Madrid kick-off time (03-06-2017):
Beijing (China) | UTC/GMT+8: 02:45
Jakarta (Indonesia) | UTC/GMT+7: 01:45
India (New Delhi) | UTC/GMT+5.30: 00:15
Spain (Madrid) | UTC/GMT+2: 20:45
Portugal and England (Lisbon/London) | UTC/GMT+1: 19:45
Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) | UTC/GMT-3: 15:45
New York (United States) | UTC/GMT-4: 14:45
Los Angeles (United States) | UTC/GMT-7: 11:45