Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the undoubted star players to watch at the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia. At 33, it could be the last time we see the Portuguese icon on the grandest stage in international football.
The spotlight falls on superstar talent Ronaldo as Portugal play in Group B at the tournament. Great players attract big betting attention, so what are the World Cup wagers involving Real Madrid's maestro that appeal?
Liverpool superstar Mohamed Salah has stressed that he cannot be compared to the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo unless he is able to sustain his current form for many years to come. The Egypt international has turned heads across Europe with his stunning debut season with Liverpool and he most recently bagged the Premier League Golden Boot award.
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has predicted the likely teams that will make it to the Round of 16 stage at the World Cup. The Portuguese highly revered tactician is working with Kremlin-backed TV channel RT as their main pundit at the finals in Russia beginning next week.
Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has hailed Cristiano Ronaldo as an ‘assassin’ ahead of next week’s Champions League quarter-final tie against Real Madrid. The Portugal international had scored in each of his previous 12 games across all competitions before drawing blank for his national side against the Netherlands on Tuesday night.
Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo said that the team is ready for Paris Saint Germain for the second leg of their Champions League tie. He said that this will be a difficult game and that the players need to be wary of the French side.
Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro believes his Brazilian compatriot Neymar would get on well with Cristiano Ronaldo, should he make the move to the Bernabeu during the summer. The 26-year-old joined Paris Saint-Germain on a world-record deal from Barcelona only nine months ago, but he is already being linked with a surprise exit amid reports of him regretting the transfer.
Arsenal legend-turned-pundit Paul Merson believes Cristiano Ronaldo will call time on his career in the next couple of years rather than fizzling out until he drops his performance levels. The Portugal international has not been in the best of form since the start of the season, though he has shown signs of his old self since the turn of the year.
Leicester City legend and TV pundit Gary Lineker claims that Lionel Messi is still much better than Cristiano Ronaldo and that the Ballon d’Or awards have not been able to pick the correct option. The pundit came up with this debate after watching Barcelona destroy Real Madrid 3-0 in the latest El Clasico.
Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has admitted that the club are lacking the experience, which could drive them forward in the busy end of the campaign. The La Liga holders suffered back-to-back defeats to Girona and Tottenham Hotspur respectively, and this has crept doubts over Los Blancos' title credentials this season.