Germany v Portugal: Cristiano Ronaldo confident Portugal will enjoy a successful World Cup as he declares himself fit to face Germans

Ronaldo says his injuries are in the past and wants to improve on Portugal's recent showings in major tournaments

Cristiano Ronaldo says he has "nothing to prove" at the World Cup as his Portugal side prepare for their opening game against Germany.

The Ballon d'Or winner has been struggling with knee and thigh injuries recently but is expected to captain Paulo Bento's side in Salvador later today.

His record at international level is way off his blistering club form - Ronaldo may have more goals than appearances for club side Real Madrid, but he has just two goals in 10 World Cup matches so far in his career.

Now 29, Ronaldo is expected to be near the scoring charts in this tournament, though Portugal have arguably the toughest group in the tournament with Germany, Ghana and the USA also in Group G.

"If you look at the last few years, they have all been similar years, so they have all been the best of my career," said the former Manchester United star.

"But I feel I am in the best moment of my career and I want to continue that moment and enjoy it. I want to be champion but let's take it a step at a time.

"This is a different tournament to 2006 and 2010. There are many new players but only at the end will we know.

"But we have many good players and I believe we will have a good World Cup."

Despite the persistent injury problems that caused him to miss two of Portugal's warm-up matches and play well below his best in the Champions League final, Ronaldo has declared himself fully fit.

"The problems are all in the past," he added in a pre-match press conference.

"If I feel something, and I am sure I won't feel anything during the game, I will not risk my career. I come first and not football.

"Since the start of my career there's not been one single day in which I've played without pain. It's just the burden of my work.

"I'm ready, I'm feeling well. I don't have anything to prove. One player is not a team, I can't carry the whole team on my back." Ronaldo scored all four goals in the two World Cup play-off matches against Sweden

Despite his dreary World Cup record, Ronaldo scored three goals at Euro 2012 to lead Portugal to the semi-finals, and scored all four goals in the two play-off matches against Sweden. He now has 49 goals in 111 international matches.

"I don't think I have to show anyone anything. Look at my statistics and CV - I have nothing to prove.

"My career has been great so far and I just want to continue."

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Sun, sex and an anthropological study: One British academic's summer of hell in Magaluf

Sun, sex and an anthropological study

One academic’s summer of hell in Magaluf
From Shakespeare to Rising Damp... to Vicious

Frances de la Tour's 50-year triumph

'Rising Damp' brought De la Tour such recognition that she could be forgiven if she'd never been able to move on. But at 70, she continues to flourish - and to beguile
'That Whitsun, I was late getting away...'

Ian McMillan on the Whitsun Weddings

This weekend is Whitsun, and while the festival may no longer resonate, Larkin's best-loved poem, lives on - along with the train journey at the heart of it
Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath in a new light

Songs from the bell jar

Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath
How one man's day in high heels showed him that Cannes must change its 'no flats' policy

One man's day in high heels

...showed him that Cannes must change its 'flats' policy
Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Dominic Rossi of Fidelity says his pressure on business to control rewards is working. But why aren’t other fund managers helping?
The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

The King David is special to Jerusalem. Nick Kochan checked in and discovered it has some special arrangements, too
More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

Can meditation be bad for you?

Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

Australia's first-ever Eurovision entrant

Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine
Letterman's final Late Show: Laughter, but no tears, as David takes his bow after 33 years

Laughter, but no tears, as Letterman takes his bow after 33 years

Veteran talkshow host steps down to plaudits from four presidents
Ivor Novello Awards 2015: Hozier wins with anti-Catholic song 'Take Me To Church' as John Whittingdale leads praise for Black Sabbath

Hozier's 'blasphemous' song takes Novello award

Singer joins Ed Sheeran and Clean Bandit in celebration of the best in British and Irish music
Tequila gold rush: The spirit has gone from a cheap shot to a multi-billion pound product

Join the tequila gold rush

The spirit has gone from a cheap shot to a multi-billion pound product
12 best statement wallpapers

12 best statement wallpapers

Make an impact and transform a room with a conversation-starting pattern
Paul Scholes column: Does David De Gea really want to leave Manchester United to fight it out for the No 1 spot at Real Madrid?

Paul Scholes column

Does David De Gea really want to leave Manchester United to fight it out for the No 1 spot at Real Madrid?