Cristiano Ronaldo wiped away worries when he played 65 minutes of the 5-1 friendly win for Portugal over the Republic of Ireland in New Jersey some days ago. Now, he limps out of a training session with his knee heavily wrapped up in ice, causing worry ahead of Portugal’s World Cup opener against Germany on Monday.
If Ronaldo fails to recover in time, his country will truly be without their most influential leader, playmaker and scorer. His speed, precision, dribbling and scoring ability are all impossible to find in any other single Portuguese player. If he misses this game, the team will fare decently but will have trouble winning as easily.
This brings up the tale of the Ghanaian witch doctor who claimed that Ronaldo’s injury problems would not go away due to a spell. Though that is silly superstition, the fact that he was relieved from one injury and was hit with another makes one wonder.
Regardless, Ronaldo has three more days to recuperate and hopefully beat the injury in time to captain his nation against arguably their toughest opponents in Group G. He will be starting as the left winger in a 4-3-3 formation against the Germans’ 4-2-3-1. His job will be to hold the ball up, get others involved and take chances on the attacking front. He has to be their top scorer and most influential player in order for him to be considered one of the best and for his country to be the same.
There are no guarantees of him playing, but knowing that he is one of the most hardworking players in the world should set everyone’s minds at ease. He will not want to miss this and will do all he can to hit the field come Monday.