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Cristiano Ronaldo will be fully fit for World Cup

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Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo has been backed to reach full fitness in time for the start of the World Cup.

Teammate Silvestre Varela believes his international captain will be at the peak of his powers by the time Portugal take on Germany in their opening World Cup Group G fixture.

Speaking to the Huffington Post, Verala said: "Yes, we are confident Ronaldo will be at 100%.

"He has worked from morning to night to achieve that, he is an excellent professional I am sure he will be in great shape when we arrive in Brazil."

The Real Madrid man suffered from thigh injuries towards the back end of the season and sat out Portugal's first World Cup warm up fixture. With their talismanic rested, Paulo Bento's side could only draw 0-0 with Greece in Lisbon and will now take their World Cup preparation to the USA.

Mexico and the Republic of Ireland will provide the opposition as Bento attempts to fine-tune his plans before they make their way to Brazil to compete in the biggest football festival in the world. After taking on Germany, Portugal will face off against USA and Ghana in one of the toughest groups in the tournament.

Having sat out the Greece fixture, it's not yet known whether Ronaldo will feature in the friendlies in America, with Bento needing his star man to be at his best for the opening fixture.

What is for sure is that the next time Ronaldo represents his country he will go ahead of former national team captain Fernando Couto in the list of most-capped Portuguese players.

The pair are currently tied on 110, but with Couto having retired from the professional game in 2008, Ronaldo is guaranteed to at least earn second spot.

His next target will be to overtake the iconic Luis Figo, who currently holds the record with 127.

This summer's World Cup will be the former Manchester United man's seventh major tournament with the national team, but he is yet to achieve success, and has only a runners up medal from Euro 2004 to show for his 110 caps.

One record Ronaldo can lay claim to is that of highest goalscorer - he netted goals number 48 and 49 in a friendly against Cameroon in March this year to surpass the 47 goals Pauleta scored between 1997 and 2006.

Holding both records would help Ronaldo cement his place as Portugal's greatest ever player, eclipsing the likes of Figo and the legendary Eusebio, but there 's only one thing that would guarantee him number one spot. Despite the talents of Figo, Eusebio and others, Portugal have never won a major international tournament, and success in Brazil would see Ronaldo and co earn hero status.

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