Veteran Portugal star Cristiano Ronald (36 years) did not want to enter the bazaar of expectations or promises of success on the eve of the European Cup 2020, before heading on Thursday to Budapest, where his team will play its first match against Hungary on Tuesday, June 15, 2021. </p><div> <p>Five-time Ballon d'Or winner Ronaldo said in an interview with the Portuguese Football Federation magazine, when asked about his expectations and the promises he could convey, "There is no need for that, it is useless in anything to promise titles or make expectations. What I can promise is that we will go into all matches. to win it."
He added, “I feel that I have no less motivation than my first continental participation in 2004 (his team lost the final at home to Greece 0-1). We are the champions of the last edition and we will be part of the candidate teams to win the cup.”
“We have to improve some small things, but the work (preparations) has been done,” he said in a video broadcast by the local federation.
“Now the ball has to go in order for the Portuguese team to do their best and make the best start by beating Hungary,” he said.
The draw did not have mercy on the Portuguese team, crowned with the title in the last edition that was held in France in 2016, by defeating the host country 1-0 after the extension, because it dropped it in the group of death with world champion France and Germany, where it will meet with the latter on the current 19 and then finish the journey with the roosters on 23 June.
The Portugal national team, led by coach Fernando Santos, held a training session Thursday morning in a suburb of Lisbon, before heading to Budapest at a later time, where they will stay for the duration of the tournament.
Portugal played two friendlies in preparation for the European Cup, drawing a goalless draw with Spain and achieving a broad victory over Israel 4-0.