‘Superman’ Ronaldo can lead Portugal to World Cup glory

Martin Caparrotta
By Martin Caparrotta
carlos queiroz

Ronaldo, 25, has scored 22 goals in 71 appearances for Portugal

Carlos Queiroz is confident Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo will help fire his side to World Cup glory in South Africa.

The Portugal manager, who took over the national side in 2008, told the Daily Star: “Cristiano is a champion and, as a player, is Superman.”

The £80 million Portugal and Real Madrid winger has scored 22 goals in 71 appearances for his country and will be looking to add to his tally after bagging 35 goals in his first season at the Bernabéu.

“In terms of his mental approach to the game, he is so strong and so confident,” added Queiroz. “It has always been this way since I first started working with him as an 18-year-old. He has a champion mind.

“He is someone who has always been able to perform above the demands of the game and it is fantastic to work with a really special player in our squad. This also makes it easy to ensure his spirit and attitude rubs off on the rest of the Portugal players.”

Portugal find themselves in the so-called ‘group of death’ along with Brazil, Ivory Coast and North Korea, but the former Manchester United assistant is confident his side can overcome any of the 32 teams in the competition.

“As a national team and in a one-against-one situation, Portugal can beat any side at this World Cup,” said the 57-year-old.

“Our approach is to play the first game, then the second and so on. Firstly, we have to get through to the second round.

“Then our aim will be to run and run on the outside – and to be in a position where we have the opportunity to compete with the very best in the world.”

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