World Cup 2014: Portugal – Key Players

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Cristiano Ronaldo (Captain)

Ronaldo

Age

29

Club

Real Madrid

Position

Striker

Int. Caps

110

Int. Goals

49

 

The most recognizable face in world football, it is safe to say that Cristiano Ronaldo is the finest footballers of all time. The current World Player of Year has easily been the best footballer on the planet alongside Lionel Messi over the last five years and will be hoping to lead Portugal to glory after enjoying a magnificent campaign with his club side Real Madrid this season.

Almost the perfect specimen, Ronaldo is a fine athlete who can do almost everything on the football pitch. The 29-year old is lightening quick, strong in the air, an expert in dead ball situations and virtually has no weakness whatsoever.

However, one criticism labeled at his direction has been that he tends to go missing during the big matches, especially for his national team.

Currently at the peak of his powers, Ronaldo will undoubtedly be desperate to perform at the biggest stage for Portugal and lead his side to their first ever triumph in a major tournament.

Pepe

Pepe

Age

31

Club

Real Madrid

Position

Defender

Int. Caps

57

Int. Goals

3

 

While Pepe has earned bit of a nasty reputation due to his aggressive style, the Real Madrid star remains one of the best defenders around in world football.

Ronaldo may be getting all the plaudits but the 31-year old played a huge role in Real Madrid’s fine season as well and will be hoping to transmit his fine form into the World Cup for Portugal.

A tough tackler defender who is gets his fair share of goals as well, no striker in the world will enjoy a comfortable time playing against Pepe and he is surely going to integral if Portugal are to perform well in Brazil.

William Carvalho

Carvalho

Age

22

Club

Sporting Lisbon

Position

Midfielder

Int. Caps

2

Int. Goals

0

 

A newcomer to the Portuguese National side, William Carvalho has emerged as arguably one of the finest young players to have emerged from the nation in recent times.

The combative midfielder enjoyed a fine campaign for Sporting Lisbon this season and it is believed that a couple of top clubs are willing to pay as much as £37million to secure the young man’s services in the summer.

Carvalho has won only 2 caps for Portugal so far but manager Paulo Bento will surely be thinking of slotting the midfielder straight into his starting eleven at the World Cup and given the 22-year old’s maturity and level-headedness, he can certainly play a big part in Portugal’s World Cup campaign.

World Cup Key Players –

Group A – BrazilCroatiaMexicoCameroon

Group B –  SpainNetherlandsChileAustralia

Group C – ColombiaGreeceIvory CoastJapan

Group D – UruguayCosta RicaEnglandItaly

Group E – SwitzerlandEcuadorFranceHonduras

Group F – ArgentinaBosnia & HerzegovinaIran,  Nigeria

Group G – GermanyPortugalGhanaUnited States

Group H – BelgiumAlgeriaRussiaSouth Korea

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