After a not so good performance in the previous games, Portuguese star player Cristiano Ronaldo is bombarded by criticism, fans and haters alike. The Real Madrid star has come under fire after failing to impress in Portugal’s first two matches at Euro 2012, managing only to fire near-goals. But his teammates have his back.
In the coming game against The Netherlands on Sunday, Sellecao goalkeeper Rui Patricio believes that Ronaldo will surely score. He has yet to manage to score in the tournament, but Patricio believes that the the star player will finally show his true game in a decisive match against the Oranje.
"Cristiano always plays well," Patricio told UEFA’s official website. "Things not always go the best way, also when it comes to finishing, but only those who play miss chances.
"Still, Cristiano had an excellent game, he tried hard and I believe that he will score on Sunday already."
On the issue of winning against the Dutch, the goalkeeper said that he trusts Portugal's chances for the match despite admitting that the Oranje are quite a tough opponent to break.
"We will have to approach this game the same way we did against Germany and Denmark," the Sporting Lisbon goalkeeper continued.
"We will have to give our all, we will need to be aggressive and do everything that we have done so far. We will have to believe until the end that we can beat Netherlands. They are a very strong team, with excellent players and great attackers.
Silvestre Varela, who made the winning goal against Denmark, has asserted that the Portugal captain is feeling fine.
"Cristiano Ronaldo has been fine. He is an excellent captain and player. He has nothing to prove. We are all united and ready to sacrifice ourselves for the team," Varela stated at a press conference.
"Football is a team game. When the team is fine, players rise to the challenge.
"You cannot compare Ronaldo at Real Madrid to the one who plays for Portugal. The way a player performs for a club and for the national team are two different things."
"Nani and Ronaldo have been playing very well. They work hard and are world-class players. I hope that everything will continue to go well for them.
"Any player would like to start, but if the coach decides that I have to come on as a substitute, I have to respect him and give my best for the team.
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