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All eyes will be on Portugal captain and superstar forward Cristiano Ronaldo when he takes the field against Ghana in the FIFA World Cup on Thursday. If Ronaldo scores against Ghana, he will become the first player to score in five different World Cups.
He has been training in Qatar, but on Tuesday he left Manchester United by mutual consent. The 37-year-old Ronaldo is playing his fifth and probably the last World Cup and this time the team is starting its campaign with a match against Ghana. Ronaldo had said that his ongoing dispute with Manchester United would not affect the team’s World Cup campaign. Portugal’s team is being considered as a strong contender as the winner of this match. Coach Fernando Santos’s Portuguese side has plenty of depth in attack and midfield and won the European Championship title in 2016.
On the other hand, Ghana’s team will miss their experienced player Sadio Mane who has been ruled out of this tournament due to injury. But Ronaldo’s men will not want to take Ghana lightly as this team specializes in causing big upsets. Saudi Arabia also showed that anything is possible in this tournament by defeating Argentina on Tuesday. Ghana will be banking on a good performance from midfielder Jordan Ayew.
Portugal has never lost to Ghana
There have been two matches between Portugal and Ghana so far. One of these matches was won by Portugal, while the other match ended in a draw. In such a situation, the Ghana team would like to start the World Cup campaign with a win by defeating Ronaldo’s team. At the same time, the Portugal team would like to win the tournament while making a winning start. This is Cristiano Ronaldo’s last World Cup. In such a situation, his team would like to say goodbye to him with a win.