As reported by A Bola, recently elected Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, or ‘Lula’, has suggested that the relatively poor form of Manchester United and Portugal striker Cristiano Ronaldo could help Brazil win the World Cup in Qatar. Speaking on social media, Lula explained:
“After 20 years, I think it’s time for Brazil to become world champions again. The other national teams are not doing so well. Cristiano Ronaldo isn’t playing like he used to. So, I am very hopeful.”
Ronaldo’s recently explosive interview with Piers Morgan, in which he was heavily critical of his club and manager, Erik Ten Hag, has cast a shadow over Portugal’s World Cup preparation. First, a frosty reunion between Ronaldo and club mate, and fellow Portuguese international, Bruno Fernandes was pictured at Portugal’s training camp before coach Fernando Santos was forced to defend Ronaldo to the press.
Portugal face Uruguay, South Korea and Ghana in their World Cup group in Qatar this month.