Cristiano Ronaldo enters the World Cup under scrutiny, but his Portugal teammate Ruben Neves believes he will have a “phenomenal” tournament.
In a TV interview last week, the superstar, who has been reduced to a supporting role at Manchester United this season, lashed out at his club and United coach Erik ten Hag. Despite his struggles at club level, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner remains Portugal’s spearhead at 37, and Neves is confident he can shine at his fifth World Cup.
Ronaldo will be ‘phenomenal’ at World Cup
From what I’ve seen in training, he’s in fantastic shape,” Neves said on Sunday. We are unconcerned about anything. We know how to collaborate effectively so that people stand out. If we play well, Cristiano will be fantastic. Ronaldo is the all-time highest goalscorer in men’s international football, with 117. Last week, a video emerged of Ronaldo and his Manchester United and Portugal teammate Bruno Fernandes exchanging angry handshakes.
However, Neves batted down reports of team problems. “I don’t think there’s any conflict in the dressing room; it’s hard for us to move about without any,” the midfielder explained. There’s more going on outside the camp and in the media than within the locker room. Everything has been spoken, and we have a fantastic vibe.”
Wolves midfielder Neves, 25, has been linked with a transfer away from the struggling Premier League side and has been questioned whether he plans to depart in January. I’m leaving Wolves this month, hopefully until December 18th (the World Cup final),” he joked.
I don’t want to return any sooner. My main objective is to remain as long as possible and give my all to the squad. Portugal’s World Cup campaign begins on November 24 against Ghana, followed by matches against Uruguay and South Korea in Group H.