Cristiano Ronaldo: Deco makes huge World Cup claim amid Portugal’s quest for glory



CRISTIANO RONALDO may still have another World Cup left in him after this month’s tournament in Russia, says Portugal legend Deco.

Cristiano Ronaldo goes into the World Cup off the back of guiding Real Madrid to a third consecutive Champions League with Real Madrid.
At 33 years of age, many feel this is the forward’s last chance at winning international football’s most prestiguous trophy.
But Deco, who won 75 caps for his country, refused to admit it could be the former Manchester United star’s last World Cup showing.
“With Ronaldo you never know. It depends how fit he will be at the next World Cup,” Betfair ambassador Deco told Express Sport.
“Of course, it’s complicated because there is a time for everyone, even those super fit like him but I think it’s a difficult time for the players.
“It’s complicated when you start watching them at the end of your career but it’s easier to think about showing the best at the World Cup.

“Of course, if you ask every player they want to win the World Cup, they dream about that for sure, Ronaldo is the same.
“I think for all the players it’s a competition, a dream competition, when you think of being a real soccer player.”
Portugal, who are alongside Spain, Morocco and Iran in Group B in Russia, have already tasted recent international success at a major tournament with victory at the European Championships in 2016.
And while Deco admits his country are not the favourites, he feels other teams will fear them because of their Euro 2016 triumph.
“Germany, no question, will be one of the favourites,” Deco added.
“We understand that Portugal are not favourites but it’s good.
“We weren’t favourite in the Europa Cup (Euros 2016) but I think Portugal has a good team.

“I can see at this moment, Portugal, Brazil, England, France… for me the same [level].
“Maybe Brazil and Germany a little bit higher difference.
“There was a pressure before [Euro 2016] because Portugal always, almost won something important for the national team.
“And of course Portugal won in 2016 I think the pressure is different now. People, the press, say teams are fearing Portugal and that’s a good thing.”
Portugal’s first game comes on Friday when they take on Spain in their opening Group B fixture.