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Cristiano Ronaldo is 50 per cent of Portugal, says Uruguay legend Diego Forlan

Portugal and Uruguay face each other in a round-of-16 clash tonight

Prabhjeet Sethi @SinghOfGudTimes 30 June 2018, 3:23 PM
Cristiano Ronaldo during a practice session

Cristiano Ronaldo during a practice session Image: AFP

There’s no denying that Cristiano Ronaldo has single-handedly taken Portugal into the ongoing FIFA World Cup round of 16. And as Portugal limber up for their knockout clash against Uruguay tonight, all eyes are obviously on CR7.

In an interview to BBC, veteran footballer from Uruguay, Diego Forlan, has said Ronaldo is “50 per cent of Portugal”.

Praising the Real Madrid forward, who has scored four times in Russia, Forlan said, “We have seen a different Ronaldo, he is more of a team player, he finishes and scores but others in the team do, too. You do not see him shooting from all angles to get goals, this is why he is one of the best players in the world. He knows that if he does not play well and the other teammates don't score, he will be out of the competition.”

Talking about Uruguay’s strategy against CR7, he said, "I am not worried defensively but we have to be careful, we have to be concentrated than other games. We respect everybody, it is not like we change because it is Portugal.”

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