Real Madrid striker, Cristiano Ronaldo, has joined up with Portugal’s World Cup squad on Thursday, but he was carrying a thigh injury.
The Portuguese captain reportedly confirmed that he played the Champions League final whilst injured, taking the risk because of the magnitude of the game.
However, Ronaldo’s arrival has sparked excitement around fans and Portugal players.
“Ronaldo’s presence is good because it takes all the press attention away from the other players, and he’s used to it,” said Benfica midfielder Ruben Amorim in a press conference on Thursday as quoted by AS.
The 29-year-old arrived limping from the muscle strain in Obidos and will now work on his recovery guided by the team’s medical staff.
Ronaldo was joined by his Real Madrid teammates, Pepe and Fabio Coentrao, after the trio had been given a few rest days following their Champions League victory on Saturday.
He is expected to be rested for the upcoming friendly against Greece, but Portugal are hopeful he can at least play in one of the other two World Cup build-up matches against Mexico or Ireland.
Portugal have been drawn in Group G with Germany, the USA and Ghana, and will surely need their all-time record goal-scorer to progress out of this tricky group.
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