Cristiano Ronaldo says winning the World Cup would be his greatest achievement of all, even more important than winning the Champions League.
Ronaldo was the quintessential star of his side’s World Cup qualifier against a Zlatan Ibrahimovic-inspired Sweden.
The 28-year-old football titan scored the only goal of the game in the first leg of the qualifier in Portugal.
Ronaldo then really shone for his side during the second leg in Sweden. The Madrid forward scored yet another one of his impressive hat-tricks to knock-out Sweden, despite Ibrahimovic scoring two goals.
He is now tipped to star in Brazil next summer and Ronaldo says he is dreaming of winning the trophy in the spiritual home of football.
Ronaldo was quoted by Spanish newspaper, AS, and said: “Iker [Casillas] doesn't need to tell me what it’s like, I know what it’s like to lift the Champions League trophy so winning a World Cup must be even better, you would never forget it.
“My dream and that of everyone here is to win something as important as the World Cup but we have to keep our feet on the ground, I hope Portugal can be among the best.
“There’s still a long way to go to the World Cup and I am focused on my club, I want to win everything and then we’ll see about the World Cup.”
Portugal were drawn in what many have labelled the group of death, alongside the likes of Germany, Ghana and the USA.
The winger admits to his side having a lot of work ahead of them in order to make it through to the knockout phase of the competition.
“It’s a very difficult group, Germany are always candidates to win tournaments, and the USA and Ghana are very good teams.
“Our priority is to qualify from the group and then see what happens. We have to acknowledge it will be difficult but I believe we can overcome them.”
Portugal’s first game of the tournament will be their toughest of the group as they take on a formidable German side on June 16.
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