Even after an encouraging 2-2 tie to the United States last night, Cristiano Ronaldo was anything but happy, hopeful or optimistic. Following the match, Cristiano spoke to the media and, well, check out the excerpt below about his assessment of the team.
"Maybe we're an average team," Ronaldo said after Sunday's game, via Goal.com. "It would be a lie to say that we are a 'top' team. We have many limitations and suffer from injuries such as with Pepe [who was suspended] and [Fabio] Coentrao. This limits us a lot. We have a very limited team and we are not at the best level. This does not enable you to beat top teams.
"There are no miracles. We knew we would have a tough group, with perhaps teams better than us. I never thought we could be world champions, we have to be humble and know our level. I'm not a hypocrite, I never thought we could win the tournament."
Is this knee injury clouding his judgment? Ronaldo really believes that: 1) they aren't a "top" team, 2) they never could be world champions, and 3) they could never win the tournament? Then, why is CR pushing through an injury that could reportedly hurt his career going forward?
As the main guy and someone the rest of the club looks to for leadership, this is last thing any of his teammates or the country's fans want to hear. Even though the odds of, at least, advancing to the knockout stage are slim, you gotta put forth the mindset that you can seemingly do the impossible. If you can't even do that, this team has already lost to Ghana.
[via Larry Brown Sports]