Portugal and Chile hungry for more at Confederations Cup

Ronaldo focused on Confederations Cup says Portugal team-mate Andre Silva

"I stand by Ronaldo's character and integrity, both as a man and as an athlete", said Santos, who coached Ronaldo when the player was a teenager in Portugal before leaving to play for Manchester United. It is played by the continental champions plus the host nation and the World Cup victor.

But Ronaldo, 32, appeared fully focused while training with P o r t u g a l f o r S u n d a y 's Confederations Cup opener against Mexico in Russian Federation and later took to Instagram to post a picture with his finger to his lips - suggesting now was not the time to comment.

It is the 10th edition of the competition at which the six continental federation champions are joined by the hosts and the World Cup holders.

Cristiano Ronaldo is ready for the Confederations Cup: Portugal's talisman has a new haircut for the tournament and a pair of specially designed boots, so do not be in any doubt that he is taking it seriously.

Led by Cristiano Ronaldo, European champions Portugal arrived at Kazan's airport this evening, four days ahead of their FIFA Confederations Cup premiere against Mexico in the Tatarstan capital.

Ronaldo has scored 18 goals in his last 11 matches, including two in Portugal's 3-0 win at Latvia in a European World Cup qualifier last week, the team's last match before the Confederations Cup opener against Mexico. He also scored important goals in the decisive stages of the Spanish league, a competition Madrid won this season for the first time in five years.

Ronaldo's recent performances have left him in a strong position to catch up with Lionel Messi with a fifth world player of the year award. The other teams are New Zealand, Cameroon, Chile, Australia and Mexico. There have been near-misses in the World Cup - Luiz Felipe Scolari's Portugal reached the semifinals in 2006 - but if the biggest trophy of them all is to elude Ronaldo, the Confederations Cup will go some way to filling the hole. Portugal will play Mexico in a Confederations Cup, Group A soccer match scheduled for. The Mexicans won the title in 1999.

Cristiano Ronaldo makes it 2-0 for Portugal after scoring another tap-in for his second goal of the game. Portugal will play against Mexico in a Confederations Cup, Group A soccer match sche.

Defender Miguel Layun and midfielder Hector Herrera play for FC Porto, while forward Raul Jimenez plays for Benfica. Ten of its players are with Portuguese teams.



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