Jose Mourinho backs Cristiano Ronaldo to make big impact at 2018 World Cup

by Leo Nieboer

Jose Mourinho has backed Cristiano Ronaldo to make a big impact at what promises to be his final World Cup in Russia this summer.

The former Manchester United forward dragged Portugal to a totally unexpected Euro 2016 triumph in France, netting three goals in the process.

But he will even face an even grander task with Portugal – eliminated in the group stages back in 2014 – this summer in a group consisting of Spain, Morocco and Iran.

Speaking at a Hublot event this week, Mourinho noted that he would not be surprised if the 33-year-old took centre stage once again.

The World Cup is the holy grail. The World Cup is, without doubt, the biggest sporting show on earth: a month where football stops being a constituent part of the social sphere and instead the dominating theme – the carnival arriving in town, so to speak, and I for one cannot wait.

Not for anything to do with England, I should add. The beauty of this competition lies with its potential for new stars to be born and, with Ronaldo in mind, great players to truly write their names in the history books.

For all of Ronaldo’s ridiculous achievements throughout his career – five Ballon d’Ors, four Champions League titles, countless league wins, a European Championship winner’s medal – the World Cup stands as the one box yet to be ticked.

Germany, France, Brazil, Argentina and Spain are all thought to be more realistic contenders to go all the way than Portugal, but nobody should underestimate the power of CR7 when he puts his mind towards winning something.

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