5 things to look out for at the World Cup on Wednesday

Ross Houston
June 23, 2018

Ronaldo - who became the highest European goal-scorer after Portugal's match against Morocco on Wednesday - is also rumoured to be engaged to his girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez after she flashed a diamond-encrusted ring while watching him play in Moscow, reports the Daily Mail.

Cristiano Ronaldo is among the most mentioned players at Fifa World Cup 2018 in Russian Federation and his stunning free-kick against Spain on Saturday is the most-talked-about moment during the first round of action, Twitter data reveals. We see him suffer and cry at times.

"It's the same thing that he does in every match".

By contrast, Russian Federation have been rampant in scoring eight goals to reach the knockout phase for the first time since the Soviet era.

Ronaldo has been the stand-out performer for Portugal in their World Cup campaign so far, leading to some suggestions that they are overly reliant on their all-time record scorer. 'We knew how to suffer,' he said. It was a surprise at the start because they were so strong. You can not say that he and Portugal have shown great combinations or tiki-taka football to score great goals.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi both have claims to be considered the "Greatest of All Time" or "GOAT". He is relentless. He is a very hard-working player, and always trains everything.

"He knows himself well and knows what he needs to do", he added. The biggest revelation of the opening week was Iran right-back Ramin Rezaeian breaking into the top five most engaging players after his side won their curtain-raiser against Morocco by virtue of a last-minute own goal.

Morocco boss Herve Renard had warned of the challenge in shutting down Ronaldo, but despite fortifying his defence the Portugal captain made the decisive breakthrough. Iran failed to have a shot on target in the game but looked to have scored late; however, video assistant referee confirmed offside.

Writing for the Irish Independent, Giles said: 'Neymar has turned up in Russian Federation with the weight of a nation on his shoulders but from what I can see, he wants to win the World Cup for himself and not his team. As always we welcome your questions, there will be much to break down and discuss after Iran, when Portugal will hopefully be looking forward to a Round of 16 clash against Russian Federation or Uruguay. "We have to continue pushing forward and have to change certain things and get more of the ball".

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