The World Cup draw had the football world on tenterhooks on Friday. Even Mesut Ozil was mildly curious:
I am curious about the draw in brazil.— Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) December 6, 2013
However, Cristiano Ronaldo—he of single-handedly winning the crucial play-off to get Portugal to Brazil fame—was not paying any attention.
In fact, at roughly 5.30 p.m. central European time, the Portuguese forward was having a nap. In quotes picked up by ESPN, Ronaldo explains:
To be honest, I did not see it live. I was asleep [...] My objective is always the same. To try to do my best and help my country. On a personal level, I will obviously try to play to the best of my ability, score goals and give my all. I always ask a lot of myself because I know my potential. I will give it my best shot.
Ronaldo was also forthright on the subject of what it would be like to lift the trophy.
The Real Madrid star is a teammate of Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas, who has won the European Championships twice and the 2010 World Cup as captain. Ronaldo was asked whether he had spoken to Casillas about how winning the trophy compares to the feeling of winning a Champions League title.
I do not need him to tell me. I am intelligent, I know what it means to lift something important. At club level, I know how great it feels to lift the Champions League trophy and I suppose that in the World Cup that must be even better, something that you never forget. I saw the players crying after the last World Cup final. The dream that my teammates and I have is to win something important like the World Cup or the European Championship, but we have to keep our feet on the ground and take it step-by-step. Only the best team can win and I hope that Portugal can be up there with the best teams.
Perhaps Ronaldo is just lowering expectations—his Portugal team are handy, but did not impress in qualifying and will lean heavily on him to progress in the tournament.
That said, they did reach the semi-finals of the European Championships last time out.
Portugal's campaign begins against Germany in Salvador on June 16 next year.
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