There has been a lot of attention surrounding Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, who has not played since Real Madrid won the Champions League against Atletico Madrid last month. Cristiano missed Portugal's World Cup 2014 warm up matches against Greece and Mexico, as he has been struggling with knee and thigh problems.
Fortunately though, Cristiano Ronaldo managed to play 66 mins against Ireland on Tuesday evening, helping his country to a 5-1 win with some of his trademark skills. It is now expected that Ronaldo will start for Portugal against Germany in their World Cup 2014 Group G match, will which take place on Monday, and coach Paulo Bento is delighted to have him back.
Bento explained, "Yes, it was important that he played and we would not hide it. Yes, it was important that he played and we would not hide it. A player like Ronaldo is important for any team, and that's the case for us. It's good that he is back. A player like Ronaldo is important for any team, and that's the case for us. It's good that he is back."
Paulo also admitted that Ronaldo will be even sharper by the time it comes to facing Germany, "I think he had a good match alongside what we did collectively. Considering he has been without competitive football for a few weeks, I think he did well," he added.
It will be interesting to see what sort of an impact Cristiano Ronaldo can have on the World Cup in Brazil and how he will fair in comparison to his biggest rival, Argentina forward Lionel Messi.