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Ronaldo plays down the impact of all the talk ahead of the World Cup

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo is unfazed by the drama created by his explosive pre-World Cup interview on British television and said Monday the atmosphere in his Portugal team was “great” heading into the tournament.

The Manchester United striker gave an impromptu news conference at his Portugal training base on the outskirts of Doha where he tried to dispel any concerns that his interview with Piers Morgan, published last week, had affected team morale. .

“Time for me is my time,” Ronaldo said. “I am not worried about what others think. I fully believe that it will not affect the national team at all.

“Every player, manager, president and cutman, they all know who I am, what I think. They’ve known me since I was 11. They’re not going to be influenced by what people say or write.

Manchester United are considering how to deal with Ronaldo following an interview the club did not approve, which criticized the behavior of some of his teammates.

And there was intrigue surrounding the frosty reception Ronaldo received from United team-mate Bruno Fernandes when they first met at a pre-World Cup training camp in Lisbon, Portugal.

It was also played by Ronaldo.

“I simply joked with him because he was late because of his flight,” he said. He said, “And I asked if he came in a boat? It was a joke and you (the media) made a storm.

“Everything around Cristiano is always a cause for discussion and conversation,” added Ronaldo. “We see it on TV news. It’s normal. I understand. But I’ll repeat it again: the environment of the national team is very good.

This is likely to be the 37-year-old Ronaldo’s last chance to win the World Cup, the only major title missing from the blistering resume of one of the world’s greatest players.

So does he feel the pressure in Qatar?

“The pressure is more or less the same as always,” he said. “I’ve been dealing with it since a very young age. Sometimes I do it well, sometimes I don’t. It depends on the situation, the moment and the temperature. I’m not perfect, but I’m ready to push. Bring it when I need it.

The fortunes of Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have long been intertwined and the Argentine star is in a similar position to his great rival as this will be his last World Cup.

Two football superstars have created waves on social media by posting pictures of them engaging in a game of chess on top of a Louis Vuitton briefcase.

So, Portugal vs Argentina final, who?

“To be honest, I want to be the one to break the check against him,” Ronaldo said of Messi. “Let’s see. It will be beautiful. As it happened in chess, it will be magic to happen in football.

Portugal play their first match against Ghana on Thursday.

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