Cristiano Ronaldo finals record refuted by Ghana star Asamoah Gyan
- Author: Kyle Peterson Jun 16, 2018,
Jun 16, 2018, 18:15
Iceland coach Heimir Hallgrimsson warned Lionel Messi's Argentina will underestimate his World Cup debutants at their peril in Saturday's Group D opener.
In May, legal sources indicated that the Portuguese, the world's highest paid sportsman previous year with US$93 million (RM372 million) for 2016-2017 according to Forbes magazine, had proposed making a €14 million settlement. Gyan then netted three goals at the World Cup in 2010, although was left heartbroken in the quarterfinals after missing a last minute penalty against Uruguay that would have sent Ghana to the semis.
In addition, prosecutors say Ronaldo declared only 11.5m euro ($13.6m) of Spanish-related income from 2011 to 2014, during which time his actual earnings were close to 43m euro ($50.8m). By coincidence, it is also the 51st World Cup treble scored by all players since the first tournament back in 1930.
Ronaldo is now part of the Portugal squad that is in Russian Federation for the 2018 Fifa World Cup. The feat makes him, at age 33 years and 131 days, the oldest player to notch a World Cup hat trick, notes ESPN. We are not going to deviate one iota from our footballing concepts and what we've been doing for a long time now. Neymar has been brilliant during team's training sessions and in the two friendly matches played ahead of the World Cup.
"It is a record in my sports career but what is most important for me is what the team has done", Ronaldo said.
After the defeat, Cuper said: "He did not play today because we wanted to avoid risk or danger, but I think that he will be fine for the next match".
Costa has won 21 caps for Spain, scoring nine goals.
"We've prepared for this", said head coach Fernando Santos. "We respect all our opponents and with a good team like Spain, even more so".