"I will try to give my best possible, first for my club and soon for my national team at the World Cup. For me it’s the same because I face all matches always the same way, but it is true that the World Cup is a tournament with a different flavour. My objective is to at my best, to shine and help my country and individually showcase the best that I have to offer and score goal. I am prudential and try to do my best for my national team.”
"I didn’t see the World Cup draw live because I was sleeping. I think it’s a tough group, with Germay which is always a candidate for the title and the USA and Ghana, that are very good."
"The expectations are always the same, to get as far as possible. At the moment to pass the group stage is the priority and then we’ll see what happens, we will go step by step."
"We will have a difficult group stage where we’ll have to play well. The match vs. Germany will be very difficult. It’s a group that we can win with a sense of reality and considering the difficulties that we will have. We can pass the group stage, depending on the team’s confidence and the level of oncentration, which in such short tournaments (group stage) is very important."
"I lifted the Champions League trophy and the World Cup will be even bigger. It’s something unforgettable, but we have to keep our feet on the ground and think step by step because all teams want to win the competition but only the best can do it. I hope that Portugal can conquer it."
"There is still a lot of time until the World Cup, I am focused on my club to win the League and all the trophies we’re playing."
"You have to enjoy the present, which is good at Real Madrid. We are doing well in all three competitions and I am confident that we can win something important this year. For the national team there are still many months until the World Cup and a lot can happen. My objective now is to give my best for my club."
— Cristiano Ronaldo, 08.12.2013 (my translation)
Isn’t it cute that Cristiano didn’t abandon his afternoon nap routine to watch the World Cup draw live ♥
WC 2014 qualification playoff - Sweden vs Portugal, 19.11.2013
Calma before the big match ♥
Cristiano’s Champions League records:
- first player ever to score 14 goals in a calender year
- equals the record of scoring 8 goals in a group stage in a season, held jointly by van Nistelrooy (2004/05), Inzaghi and Crespo (both 2002/03).
- … and the calendar year and the group stage are not over yet.
But of course Cristiano is insatiable:"It is very good, but I’ll try to score more", he said after the Juve match.
Beautiful portrait at the launch of his CR7 Underwear line.