USA star hails 'special' Cristiano Ronaldo ahead of World Cup

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USA's veteran star, Landon Donovan has spoken of his admiration for Portugal ace Cristiano Ronaldo ahead of the two team's World Cup meeting this summer.

“He’s a special player and a special talent." Donovan told ESPN. "We could play an amazing game against Portugal, and he could pull off two plays that only he can pull off, and we could end up losing. So what has to happen is we have to play well, no question.”

The USA, who are currently ranked 13th by FIFA, have been given a real group of death at this year's World Cup in Brazil. They will face European heavyweights Germany and Portugal as well as a matchup with Ghana, who have beaten the United States at the last two tournaments.

However, Donovan still believes there is hope for American fans this summer: “If we play very well, are we capable of beating Ghana? Yes. Are we capable of beating Portugal? Yes. Are capable of beating Germany? Yes. We have to play well, and we have to force them to not play well."

This will be the LA Galaxy star's fourth World Cup, with his best performance coming in 2002 when the team made the quarterfinals. Donovan was named 'best young player' at the tournament.

Ronaldo will be starring at his third World Cup, Portugal reached the semi final in 2006 before being eliminated in the second round four years ago.

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