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Cristiano Ronaldo fires Ghana 2014 World Cup warning, targets group stage

Published on: 29 December 2013
Ronaldo thinks they can overcome Ghana to reach to knock-out stages of the 2014 World Cup

Portugal superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has fired a warning to 2014 World Cup opponents Ghana that they have set their sights on the knockout stages of the competition with Germany the overwhelming favourites to top of the 'Group of Death'.

With the in-form Germans tipped as the favourites to top the group, it leaves Ghana, Portugal and United States to fight for Group G's automatic place in the knock-out phase of the tournament in Brazil.

The Real Madrid star, who captains his country, scored all four goals as Portugal booked their spot at Brazil 2014 with a 4-2 play-off success over Sweden last month.

Paulo Bento's men were rewarded for their progress by being handed a tough group alongside European rivals Germany, as well as Ghana and the USA.

And while Ronaldo admitted that being unseeded in the draw had given Portugal a tough pool, he feels they can overcome Ghana and the USA to reach at least the last 16.

"We are going to have a very difficult group," the 28-year-old said. "The first game will be against Germany, a fantastic team, and we try to pass the group (stage).

"After we will take it game by game but I think the priority of the national team is to pass the group and we will see what will happen after."

The former Manchester United forward was also keen to praise the team effort involved in qualifying for the World Cup, rather than taking praise for his outstanding individual displays.

"Well, I did my job," he added. "We had a very difficult qualification.

"We deserved to be in the World Cup in Brazil, because we played better in the two (play-off) games."


This article has 9 comment(s), give your comment
  • Awais says:
    January 27, 2014 02:11 pm
    We will win the world cup we will defeat every team
  • Awais says:
    January 27, 2014 02:13 pm
    Good bless Portugal Amen
  • lalasu says:
    December 29, 2013 07:12 am
    that is a foolish cry, u will not think about how ur team will progress...u're thinking of advancing with Germany...unless fifa in their trecherous dealings arranges for Germany n Portugal to go thru as sometimes they favour big team, l tell u, Portugal n Germany many be shockingly exit.
  • Tanko says:
    December 29, 2013 07:22 am
    We are going to semi finals! Two Ronaldos won't stop us, period!
  • lol says:
    December 29, 2013 07:31 am
    Here's a tissue, now stop crying
  • kwame says:
    December 29, 2013 10:31 am
    Christian Ronaldo is good but it looks like Asamoah Gyan has got a good goal scoring record than Ronaldo. To me Ghana vs Portugal will be like Ghana vs czech when czech was # 2 fifa ranking with the woorld best keeper and GHana like # 45. God bless GHana
  • family man says:
    December 29, 2013 02:31 pm
    true ma broda. he shud shut up, if they were good enough they wud not have to go tru playoffs to qualify for the world cup. portugal will exit in de first round n mark my word.
  • papa nkrumah says:
    December 30, 2013 10:36 am
    Very annoying and misleading headline. What has Portugal wanting to get out of the group got to do with Ghana? Two teams get to qualify from the group. Ghana is taking one of the slots. If Portugal wants the other one what has that got to do with Ghana? As for Germany and the so called football historians I font know the last time they actually predicted right about Ghana or the last tune they were able to guess hr world cup winner before the start of the tournament.
  • Carlos says:
    December 31, 2013 02:32 am
    How can you say that? Anybody can win once they qualify, don't be a fucking idiot.