Losing players due to Covid not ‘a key factor’, says Ronaldo

    Cristiano Ronaldo said Portugal were not worried about losing more players through COVID-19 infections, even after Joao Cancelo was forced to leave the camp before their 2020 campaign began, stressing that his side was “tired” of the pandemic.

    Cancelo had a great season with Manchester City and was one of Portugal’s best players in their 4-0 friendly win over Israel last week, but after a positive corona test, he was replaced by Diogo Dalot.

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    “I do not think he is a key player. It is a pity that Joao was positive, but everyone on our team is peaceful, we are not talking about COVID-19 because we are all tired of it,” Ronaldo told a news conference. before his team’s first game against Hungary on Tuesday.

    “We know how to live with him and deal with it, it is a sad situation, but we are all focused. For many players, this is their first euro and nothing will shock us. We respect all the rules, but we are just focused on playing, we do not think about anything else. “

    Ronaldo is set to play in the ninth major tournament with Portugal, the defending European champions, and said he was as relaxed as ever, although the future of his club remains unclear following reports that he could leave Juventus before the start of next season.

    “I have been playing at the highest level for many years, so this is not gradually at all, if I was 18 or 19, I might have had a few sleepless nights, but I am 36 years old and what comes next will be for the better, whether it stays to Juve or get a transfer, “he said.

    “The crucial thing now is the euro. It’s my fifth euro, but for me it’s like my first, so I want to start with the right foot, we want to play a good game and only have good thoughts in our first game until our last. “

    Ronaldo is heading for the euro with 104 international goals, just five of which match former Iranian striker Ali Daei as the all-time leading international scorer, but said he would rather help his country maintain the trophy.

    “It’s a nice record, but I don’t think about it too much, winning the competition for the second time in a row is a more beautiful goal,” he said.

    “Obviously it is not the same team as in 2016, this is a much younger team with huge potential. But how we do in the competition will tell us which team is better.”

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