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Glenn Hoddle explains why Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo could enjoy ‘wonderful’ 2022 FIFA World Cup campaign

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Former England footballer Glen Hoddle recently backed Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo for a “wonderful” campaign at the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Speaking to Metro Sports, Hoddle said Ronaldo would love to prove he’s still one of the best players in the world. Hoddle said (via Metro):

“This World Cup is coming with what’s happened to him at club level, I think he’s chomping at the bit. I think there’s a real determination about Ronaldo to prove Man United wrong, to prove everyone that he is still one of the best players in the world.”

Hoddle added that Cristiano Ronaldo’s Manchester United chapter is over. Therefore, the Portuguese will look to use the World Cup as a stage to recover. He said:

“It’s pretty obvious that his story with United is over, and he’ll close his book, but I think more importantly he’s going to use that inducement for what happened for the World Cup. So I think it’s It’s come at a good time for Portugal and they can feed off of it.

“And they also have a strong squad, the XI they have put out will have a good balance and if they give him the opportunities, if they create a lot for him, he could have a wonderful tournament.”

The former Tottenham Hotspur player went on to say:

“For me, he’s still one of the best finishers United have. I look at the other players and I think, ‘You know what, Ronaldo would have put that ball in the back of the net if he had had that chance’, and I think that’s what he could do for Portugal.”

Portugal’s campaign kicks off against Ghana on November 24. The other teams in Group H are Uruguay and South Korea.


Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo will look to prove doubters wrong at the 2022 FIFA World Cup

Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo ahead of the 2022 FIFA World CupPortugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup
Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup

Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo will look to prove doubters wrong at the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Ronaldo has been far from his best for Manchester United this season, scoring three and assisting twice in 16 games. His recent interview with Piers Morgan suggests his career at the English club is all but over.

There has also been speculation as to whether Ronaldo is past his prime and is no longer the same player. The Portuguese captain will look to prove the critics wrong in Qatar.

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By Peter Kavinsky

Peter Kavinsky is the Executive Editor at cablefreetv.org