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2014 World Cup: Ex-Ghana captain Appiah fires Cristiano Ronaldo warning at Black Stars

Published on: 31 March 2014
Cristiano Ronaldo has been noted as the player who could cause problems for the Black Stars

Former Ghana captain Stephen Appiah has warned the Black Stars they should be wary of Portugal star player Cristiano Ronaldo at the 2014 World Cup as he could “single-handedly” change the cause of a game.

The Black Stars have been drawn in the Group of Death where they will play Germany, Portugal and the USA at the tournament in Brazil in June.

Much of the talk has been that the role Ronaldo, the reigning world best player, will play when the Black Stars face Portugal in the Group G match.

Ronaldo has been in outstanding form for Real Madrid this season and barring any injuries he is expected to replicate his form at the World Cup in June.

Appiah, who led Ghana to their two previous appearances at the World Cup in 2006 and 2010, says the Black Stars

“There is a guy [Ronaldo] who has overshadowed all the players but they have a good team and nobody is talking about the other players,” Appiah told Goal.

“He is making the difference anyway and I think you watched the game against Sweden and you saw what he did so that tells it all.”

Ghana will open their World Cup campaign against the United States before playing Germany and Portugal.


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  • Troy says:
    March 31, 2014 11:16 am
    @Benny hmmm you couldn't have said it better. Am seriously worried about the Cards man. If we don't take care they'll shower us with a lot of Cards. Bias officiating as we witnessed in our U17 girls match with Italy
  • Benny says:
    March 31, 2014 10:21 am
    Not only is Ronaldo a good footballer,he is a con artist.He loves to dive in the penalty box,causing defenders to get yellow or red card.l get worried how especially Opare will deal with him without conceding any foul on the left because Ronaldo loves to switch. This is where you need a good tactical coach.I can't understand why AA barely three to the World Cup is still roaming around for ideas about coaching. The only consolation for me that our players have had experiences in their clubs,which l hope and pray comes alive because left with AA we are doomed. We chalked success so far by the tenacity of the players.