Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Ronaldo thinking only of Confederations Cup, says Silva

Portugal, the defending European champions, play Mexico on Sunday in their Group A opener in the eight-nation competition that serves as a warm-up for next year's World Cup in Russian Federation.

Press Association Sport looks at the contribution of the 32-year-old, who is in the spotlight after appearing determined to quit Real Madrid and Spain over his unhappiness at a tax investigation. Nani, Ricardo Quaresma and Eder were in the squad when Portugal won the European championship past year, with Eder scoring the extra-time victor in the final against host France, but none made it to Fernando Santos' squad for the Confederations Cup, the World Cup warm-up event.

Mexico: After winning the 2015 CONCACAF playoff to reach the Confederations Cup, Mexico have serious thoughts about winning the competition but will likely play the underdog role along the way.

"It would be a attractive thing to have on the CV".

"As for my partnership with Ronaldo, it's a dream". "We faced the European champions, a team that plays at a very high level, and we played equal to them". More glory here in Russian Federation will end any doubt about him winning a fifth Ballon d'Or. "He is an idol even for the players, and we hope that he can help Portugal with some of his goals and victories".

Cristiano Ronaldo, battling accusations of tax evasion and speculation over his club future, is concentrating only on the Confederations Cup, his Portugal teammate Andre Silva said Friday.

Ronaldo has scored 12 goals in six worldwide outings since coming off injured in the Euro final, but Mexico - winners of the Confederations Cup in 1999 - are confident they can stop him. "Both teams have great players, it will be a tough match". "But we're a great side too, and I'm sure we can stop him", striker Raul Jimenez, a Portuguese league and cup double victor with Benfica, told Portugal won 1-0 in a friendly in 2014.

The injury report shows no players likely to miss Portugal's opener, which means plenty of selection headaches for head coach Fernando Santos.

Portugal in the last five matches of World Cup Qualifying UEFA, they have won four matches and lost one match whereas Mexico won three matches, lost one match and another match ends in a draw.

They will be led by former Barcelona defender Rafael Marquez, still going strong at 38 - while Ronaldo will win his 140th cap in the game, Marquez will be making his 139th global appearance.

Meanwhile, the second game on the day will come from Group B and it will see Chile taking on Cameroon.

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