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Cristiano Ronaldo performs samba dance in Portugal training

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Cristiano Ronaldo proved he wasn't disheartened by recent injury troubles by bursting into an impromptu samba dance during a Portugal training session.

Ronaldo has been struggling for fitness lately but he showed no signs of the tendonitis that has kept him out of Portugal's two World Cup warmup fixtures as he performed a brief dance for his teammates.

As striker Hugo Almedia looked to close down Ronaldo the Real Madrid man, wearing eye-catchingly tight shorts, shuffled his hips and moved his feet to leave the big Besiktas man confused and frustrated.

Ronaldo's twinkle-toes may not have impressed Almeida, but watching teammates were far more amused and fellow Real Madrid man Pepe can be seen enjoying a dance of his own as he laughs at his captain's antics.

The video, which can be seen here courtesy of the Daily Mail, will put a smile on the faces of football fans across the world who feared Ronaldo may struggle for fitness this summer.

Having missed several games towards the end of the season after being struck down by muscle fatigue and a thigh issue, Ronaldo has recently been suffering from tendonitis in the knee, delaying his World Cup preparation.

However, if this video is anything to go by he'll be dazzling defenders with his fantastic footwork on the biggest stage of them all this summer.

Portugal take on Germany next Monday in their first Group G fixture, and they'll need their inspirational captain to be at his best if they're to beat Joachim Low's side.

Despite Portuguese concerns about the fitness of their captain, Germany assistant coach Hans Dieter-Flick said he's side have been preparing to face the reigning Ballon d'Or winner.

He said: "We are expecting Cristiano Ronaldo to play. He's the World Footballer of the Year, he's got a great record and is a player who can decide games himself, so we are convinced he will play."

His inclusion will no doubt improve a Portugal side who have struggled in their preparation.

With Ronaldo sidelined they could only draw 0-0 with Greece before needing a last minute Bruno Alves header to earn a 1-0 victory over Mexico.

Paulo Bento's side take on the Republic of Ireland in their final friendly this evening before competing with Germany, Ghana and the USA for a place in the last 16 of the World Cup.

Portugal have never won a major international tournament, but with Ronaldo, Pepe, Joao Moutinho at their peak they may never have a better chance.


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