Former Brazil striker Ronaldo has played down his national team’s chances of lifting the World Cup in 2014.
The Brazilian’s will be the hosts of the competition in two year’s time and excitement has been building within the ranks as a number of young stars look to make their graduation into heroes and lift the trophy for a record sixth time.
Whilst fears had been escalating over the South American’s readiness to host the competition, few are concerned for the Brazilian’s when it come to the ‘beautiful game’ at which, on their day, they are world beaters.
But Ronaldo, who earned himself 98 caps for his country, scoring an incredible 62 goals, reckons the chances of the home side winning the competition are slim.
He said, "We have the worst FIFA ranking ever in history, it is a difficult moment for the national team.”
Ronaldo attended the Leaders in Football Summit at Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge where he spoke candidly about the hosts’ preparation for the tournament:
“I'm sure we will be able to look back with pride and know that we organised the best World Cup of all time. The organisation, of course, has to be perfect. It will be perfect. We will guarantee it will be perfect.”
However, there are those who view Ronaldo’s comments more sceptically. There have been suggestions that his intention was to decrease the mounting pressure on the Brazilian team in the run up to the competition. As the home side, their fans will be expecting them to dominate the competition, especially in light of their historical successes.
Many have questioned Ronaldo’s sincerity in dismissing a side that boasts an array of talent including the likes of Thiago Silva, David Luiz, Adriano, Kaka, Ramires, Lucas Moura, Oscar, Thiago Neves, Neymar, Hulk, Pato, and Liandro Damiao.
Whether his comments are indeed a well-orchestrated public relation exercise or if they really were his personal thoughts on the Brazilian’s chances, it would take a brave man to rule them out as contenders altogether.
That’s the kind of thing only one of the greatest football players of all time could get away with. Even if they are ranked 14th in the world.
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