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Can anyone stop Ronaldo?

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It’s the question on everyone’s lips going into the Euro 2012 semi-finals. Can anyone – or more specifically Spain – stop Cristiano Ronaldo?

Cesc Fabregas has already hinted that the game will be like an ‘El Clasico’, and with Ronaldo, Pepe and Fabio Coentrao in their line-up, Portugal have their own La Liga contingent on the pitch.

Spain’s side is made-up largely of players from Barcelona and Real Madrid, and they’ll know all about the quality Ronaldo possesses and his ability to deliver when it matters.

In Poland & Ukraine, the 27-year-old appears to have taken on added responsibility for his nation, leading from the front with the captain’s armband firmly strapped in place.

For Sergio Busquets however, everything is perfectly placed for Spain to do a job on ‘CR7’, and prevent him from taking his country to the final.

“We all know what a great player Cristiano is. He'll spend a lot of time on Arbeloa's side, but you need to work together as a team to stop a player like him,” said the Barcelona midfielder in Marca.

Midfielder Xavi also backed Arbeloa in the match-up, expecting the Real Madrid-man to get the better of his domestic team-mate.

“We have a great full-back in Arbeloa, who is among the best out there defensively speaking,” he said.

“We'll try to cover for him, to make sure Ronaldo doesn't settle and we don't let him turn.”

What do you think? Can Ronaldo inspire Portugal to victory against Spain, or will Vicente del Bosque’s side be simply too good?

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