Ronaldo thinking only of Confederations Cup, says Silva

The 32-year-old Portugal global is coming into the Confederations Cup in form and on a high having led Real Madrid to a La Liga and Champions League double last season, but Mexico won't have a specific man-marker for Ronaldo.

Germany is the top-ranked team in the eight-nation Confederations Cup, at No. 3, but it came to Russian Federation with a second-string squad that has only three players from the team that won the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Goalkeeper Rui Patricio also commented on Ronaldo's situation, arguing that the former Manchester United player is "totally focused" on helping his team in Russian Federation.

"Portugal always shows ambition in every competition that it plays", Alves said.

In the Confederations Cup Chile have been drawn into a group featuring World Cup holders Germany, Asian Cup winners Australia and African Cup of Nations winners Cameroon.

The 2017 Confederations Cup kicks off on Saturday, with hosts Russian Federation taking on New Zealand.

Among the speculation of a shock move to Old Trafford which Ronaldo is pushing for according to Real Madrid President Ramon Calderon, the four time Champions League victor posted a tweet with a sole Portugal flag.

The Belgian coach is hopeful that Cameroon will use the Confederations Cup as an opportunity to grow and improve as a team, with challenges like qualifying for next year's World Cup looming ahead of them.

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"He takes this tournament very seriously and is focused".

Ronaldo, the reigning world player of the year, is enjoying one of his greatest career runs, having scored 18 goals in his last 11 matches, including two in Real Madrid's 4-1 win over Juventus in the Champions League final.

A good performance at the Confederations Cup will virtually secure him a fifth world player of the year award, equaling Lionel Messi.

Andre Silva, the 21-year-old forward who is about to make his debut in a major tournament with Portugal, has been successfully teaming up with Ronaldo to give the European champions an impressive attacking force entering the Confederations Cup.

That friendly came after the Socceroos only just scraped past Saudi Arabia 3-2 in a World Cup qualifier.

Ronaldo has scored 12 goals in six worldwide outings since coming off injured in the Euro final, but Mexico - winners of the Confederations Cup in 1999 - are confident they can stop him. Portugal will play Mexico in a Confederations Cup, Group A soccer match scheduled for Sunday, June 1.

"They won the South American championship and this, in theory, means they are better than Argentina, Brazil and Colombia, to name just three, so they have a lot of quality".

Defender Miguel Layun and midfielder Hector Herrera play for FC Porto, while forward Raul Jimenez plays for Benfica. Bayern Munich midfielder Arturo Vidal and Inter Milan defender Gary Medel will make Chile extremely hard to play against in Russian Federation.

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