World Cup Rumors: Cristiano Ronaldo Out Makes Group Play Easier for USA
Before Portugal’s 4-0 dismantling at the hands of Germany, the world wondered whether or not Cristiano Ronaldo would be able to play after leaving a team practice the day before with ice on his knee. He did play in the group play loss, but didn’t look himself and now it appears he could be done for the remainder of the World Cup.
Eye on this US fans @EwanMacKenna Rumours – unconfirmed I add – here in press centres in Brazil Cristiano Ronaldo is out of the World Cup
— roger bennett (@rogbennett) June 18, 2014
There was a lot of speculation after Portugal’s loss to Germany that Ronaldo would be limited for the rest of the tournament if he played at all and now it’s looking like Portugal’s worst fears are becoming reality.
The Real Madrid forward was expected to be Portugal’s only chance of getting out of group play in the 2014 World Cup and everyone had the same reaction when he left that practice with ice on the knee: Portugal is done is Cristiano can’t play. Even more so, Portugal coach Paulo Bento was criticized on social media for leaving Ronaldo in the game against Germany despite his obvious pain.
While no one wishes harm on anyone, Ronaldo’s injury is great news for a U.S. team that got a surprise 2-1 victory over Ghana to start group play. With Team USA’s game against Portugal coming up on Sunday, the Stars and Stripes could be looking at a very realistic chance of getting out of group play, which was considered by many to be impossible before the tournament started.
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