Ronaldo stated on Monday he was wanting ahead to starting Euro 2020 in entrance of a packed Puskas Area in opposition to Hungary as he prepares to steer defending champions Portugal of their seek for a repeat triumph.
At 36 years previous Ronaldo is about take the sphere in entrance of 68,000 followers within the Hungarian capital on Tuesday in what must be Portugal’s easiest match in a troublesome Group F alongside Germany and world champions France.
“It is good. I want each single venue might host a full home. It is nice for viewers and gamers, however sadly it is lower than us to resolve,” stated Ronaldo.
“We all know the pandemic has its affect. I want we might at all times play earlier than a full home.”
Portugal have misplaced Joao Cancelo from their squad to Covid-19 after the Manchester Metropolis right-back examined constructive for the virus on Sunday, however Ronaldo says the staff will not be worrying in regards to the pandemic.
“We do not speak about Covid as a result of we’re uninterested in it. It is a unhappy scenario however we’re targeted… Nothing will shake us… We’re simply targeted on taking part in.
“I believe the staff is prepared, bodily and emotionally. The gamers are younger however that does not cease us from dreaming. I do know all of the gamers are prepared.”
The Portugal captain is about to grow to be the primary particular person to play in no less than one match at 5 European Championships, and in addition has one other report in sight.
He wants simply 5 extra objectives to equal Iranian Ali Daei’s all-time mark of 109 worldwide objectives, a possible goal at this summer season’s event ought to Portugal go deep.
“I am not the identical participant I used to be 18 years in the past, 10 years in the past, 5 years in the past… you retain adjusting,” stated Ronaldo.
“I am extra mature, if a participant needs to play for a few years he must discover ways to adapt. From 18 to 36 years previous I’ve realized to regulate and adapt, and I’ve at all times been capable of win personally and collectively.”
A win over the Magyars would go a protracted technique to guaranteeing Portugal qualify for the subsequent spherical no less than as one of many event’s greatest third-placed groups as coach Fernando Santos targets two Euro titles in a row with a proficient squad.
“Proper now we expect we’ve got what it takes to win the cup,” stated Santos.
“There are excellent opponents, seven or eight groups are taking part in to take the trophy residence, and there are darkish horses who additionally assume they’ve an opportunity. The one distinction is that we maintain the title.”