Two days after leaving Manchester Turbulent United Cristiano Ronaldo to Begin World Cup Campaign Against Portugal and trying to put events from last week’s second half behind him
Portugal will face Ghana at Stadium 974 on Thursday. It marked the start of the 37-year-old Ronaldo’s final World Cup final, a trophy that was far removed from him throughout his career.
A successful run in Qatar will allow Ronaldo to move on from a messy divorce with United following his second spell at the club on Tuesday.
It came after the striker gave an interview to Talk TV in which he said he felt betrayed by United and launched a violent attack on manager Erik ten Hag.
And while the World Cup is on Ronaldo has offered assurances that the interests of his Portuguese team-mates will not be shaken by the timing of his interview.
“In my life The best time is always my time,” he told reporters on Monday. “I don’t have to think about what other people think. I speak when I want Players have known me well for many years and know what kind of person I am.”
After announcing his departure from Manchester United Ronaldo was suspended for two games and fined £50,000 (about $60,000) by the English Football Association (FA) for slapping a mobile phone from a spectator earlier this year.
The incident came after United lost 1-0 in April at Everton. Aside from fines and bans – which do not apply to the World Cup. But will be transferred to whichever new club he joins – the FA warned Ronaldo about his future behavior.
Portugal are strong favorites against Ghana with 52 sides split in the FIFA rankings.
But pedigree and star power seem to be less important in this World Cup. This is a tournament where the underdog can defeat stronger opponents.
Saudi Arabia came from behind to beat Argentina 2-1, while Japan did the same with Germany – a clear sign that no team should be underestimated. And there should not be any team indulging.
Portugal have not reached the World Cup quarter-finals since 2006, had a point to prove in Qatar and arrived at the tournament with ample firepower.
Although Liverpool striker Diogo Jota is absent through injury, But players like Ronaldo Bruno Fernandes, his former teammate. And Manchester City stars Joao Gazelo and Bernardo Silva are all set to feature on Thursday.
Up against them will be a short-formed but lackluster Ghana team.
After being eliminated from the group stage at the Africa Cup of Nations after losing to the Comoros in January. The Black Star team will benefit from The “signings” of striker Inaki Williams and right-back Tariq Lamptey ahead of the tournament.
Williams switched allegiance from Spain earlier this year and Lamptey from England.
Otto Addo – the only part-time coach in the tournament – also has young midfielder Mohammed Kudus and experienced campaigners, including Thomas Partey and the Ayew brothers, Jordan and Andre.
Whether Addo, who works as a scout for German side Borussia Dortmund, will make Ghana click, remains to be seen.
Also in Group H are Uruguay and South Korea. which played at Education City Stadium on Thursday.
Uruguay are favorites and will benefit from the experience of Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez. Liverpool striker Darwin Núñez will also feature in attack. while midfielder Rodrigo Bentancur and Federico Valverde has been in great form lately.
The good news for South Korea is that young footballer Son Heung-min has recovered from a damaged eye socket. And is practicing wearing protective masks this week.
In other games on Thursday Pre-tournament favorites Brazil and Serbia will be the last two teams to start the tournament when they meet at the Lusail Stadium.
Five-time champions Brazil are arguably the best attacking lineup in the tournament. both in quality and depth
Neymar Jr – like fellow alchemists Ronaldo and Lionel Messi – is searching for his first World Cup trophy. And he will be backed up front alongside Real Madrid’s Vinicius Jr., Barcelona’s Raphinha and Everton’s Richarlison.
But Serbia, who are at the top of their qualifying group, are ahead of Portugal. there will be no way to overcome And there’s plenty of goalscoring potential in captain Dusan Tadic, Juventus striker Dusan Vlahovic and Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic. Getting injured from nursing before the race
Hopes of reaching the knockout rounds of the World Cup for the first time Serbia will likely face Switzerland and Cameroon, who face off on Thursday. to reach the last 16 except for a bad result for Brazil
But as this World Cup has shown. Don’t overlook any important events.
Switzerland vs Cameroon – 5am Eastern time
Uruguay meets South Korea — 8:00 a.m. ET
Portugal vs Ghana — 11:00 a.m. ET
Brazil vs Serbia — 2:00 p.m. ET
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UK: BBC or ITV
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Canada: Bell Media
South Africa: SABC.