Cristiano Ronaldo slept through the World Cup draw

Aug 1, 2013; Glendale, AZ, USA; Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo prior to the game against the Los Angeles Galaxy during a friendly match at the University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Soccer fans and players around the world tuned into the FIFA World Cup group draw on Friday to see what group their countries would land in. Portugal and Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo wasn’t one of them.

“To be honest, I did not see it live,” Ronaldo said. “I was asleep. It is a very difficult group with Germany, who are always one of the favorites, and the USA and Ghana, who are very good teams too. Qualifying for the second round is obviously the priority and we will see what happens. We can definitely qualify from that group, but confidence and concentration are always important. It depends on us as a team. I hope that Portugal can go as far as possible.”

He is hoping to experience the kind of success in the World Cup he has at the professional level.

“At club level, I know how great it feels to lift the Champions League trophy and I suppose that in the World Cup that must be even better, something that you never forget. I saw the players crying after the last World Cup final. The dream that my teammates and I have is to win something important like the World Cup or the European Championship, but we have to keep our feet on the ground and take it step-by-step. Only the best team can win and I hope that Portugal can be up there with the best teams.”

Topics: Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal, Real Madrid

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