Ronaldo attracting the headlines after report he might leave

"It will be the first time Portugal compete for the Confederations Cup trophy", Ronaldo told Federation Internationale de Football Association earlier this year.

"We don't have words to describe what he means to our country", new Rangers signing Alves said ahead of training on Thursday.

"I stand by Ronaldo's character and integrity, both as a man and as an athlete", said Santos, who coached Ronaldo when the player was a teenager in Portugal before leaving to play for Manchester United.

Cristiano Ronaldo has responded to claims he has defrauded Spanish tax authorities out of 14.7million euros, claiming "sometimes the best answer is to be quiet".

Ronaldo, the reigning world player of the year, is enjoying one of his greatest career runs, having scored 18 goals in his last 11 matches, including two in Real Madrid's 4-1 win over Juventus in the Champions League final.

Cristiano Ronaldo headed in a pair of goals to power Portugal past Latvia in their World Cup qualifier.

A good performance at the Confederations Cup will virtually secure him a fifth world player of the year award, equaling Lionel Messi. "I think that we communicate well and we have a good understanding, and that leads to these good results". He has denied any wrongdoing. "Now we have to show on the pitch why we are being considered favorites".

Germany is the top-ranked team in the eight-nation Confederations Cup, at No. 3, but it came to Russian Federation with a second-string squad that has only three players from the team that won the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. We have already shown our strength in the past, and we want to do it again.

"The win in the European championship gave us a lot more confidence, but we have to demonstrate in the games that we have the ability to win", he said.

Portugal, which made it to the tournament after beating host France in the Euro 2016 final, is in Group A along with Russia, New Zealand and Mexico. Portugal will play Mexico in the Confederations Cup, Group A soccer match scheduled for Sunda.

Russia, New Zealand, Mexico and Portugal are in Group A.

Silva's first goal with Portugal's main squad was an 86th-minute close-range strike against Andorra, capping a 6-0 rout in which Ronaldo scored four times.

"Since I joined the national team I've felt very welcomed", Silva said.

(AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis). Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo plays with the ball during a training session at Kazan Arena in Kazan, Russia, on Saturday, June 17, 2017.


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