- Jose Mourinho believes Portugal can win the World Cup with Cristiano Ronaldo
- The Manchester United boss insists ‘nothing is impossible’ with Ronaldo
- Portugal triumphed at Euro 2016 courtesy of Ronaldo’s brilliance in France
- Mourinho feels his nation would not have a chance without Ronaldo in their side
Mourinho feels Portugal have the opportunity to emerge victorious at the summer World Cup in Russia, insisting that with Ronaldo in a squad ‘nothing is impossible.’
Ronaldo proved his importance to the national side two years ago when guiding Portugal to the final of Euro 2016 in France.
Jose Mourinho has tipped Cristiano Ronaldo to lead Portugal to World Cup glory
The Real Madrid superstar picked up a knock in the final, though his side went on to secure victory in added time.
Now Mourinho believes Ronaldo can repeat the heroics on the grandest stage of all.
‘Portugal has an interesting squad. Without Cristiano, it would be impossible. But with him nothing is impossible,’ he told ESPN Brazil.
At 33 years old the tournament is likely to be the last for Ronaldo, who has won almost every trophy possible in world football bar the World Cup.
The forward flourished in 2016 and propelled Portugal to the European Championship title
Mourinho feels that ‘nothing is impossible’ for a team with Ronaldo among its ranks
Mourinho however has tipped his hat to Argentina and the possibility of Ronaldo’s arch rival Lionel Messi stealing the show in what is also set to be his final World Cup competition.
‘I believe that the Argentinian national team without Lionel Messi wouldn’t be a contender,’ he said of Jorge Sampaoli’s side.
‘But with him, they’re one of the favourites.’
Mourinho also feels Argentina should be seen as one of the favourites with Lionel Messi
Argentina struggled to qualify for the competition, relying on a hat-trick from the Barcelona ace to see them past Ecuador 3-1 in their final qualifying match.
Portugal will come up against Spain, Morocco and Iran in Group B out in Russia, while Argentina will battle against Iceland, Croatia and Nigeria to progress to the latter stages.
Author: Nancy Parker
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