Portugal hoping Ronaldo can continue his good form in Russia

Cristiano Ronaldo

While Germany coach Joachim Loew is resting his top players, Portugal have arrived at their first Confederations Cup appearance with world player of the year Cristiano Ronaldo their talisman as they hope to follow up Euro 2016 success with a triumph in Russian Federation. Portugal will play Mexico in the Confederations Cup, Group A soccer match scheduled f.

Cedric Soares and Pepe, who had been practicing separately because they were not fully fit, joined the rest of Portugal's group in Thursday's session at Rubin Kazan's training grounds.

Coach Fernando Santos and some of Ronaldo's teammates are confident the star forward won't be affected by the buzz created by a report that said he wants to leave the Spanish club because of allegations that he defrauded the country's tax authorities.

Silva, who has just moved from FC Porto to AC Milan in a transfer worth almost 40 million euros, has scored seven goals in eight games since his debut with the national team in a friendly against Gibraltar in September.

With Ronaldo looking at the peak of his game, Portugal trained for the first time in Russian Federation on Thursday ahead of its Confederations Cup debut against Mexico on Sunday. "I've always imagined myself playing with him".

Few players have succeeded alongside Ronaldo in Portugal's attack recently.

Just a year out from the World Cup and after a brutal qualifying slate that included a win over Honduras and a testy draw with the United States, the match against Ronaldo's Portugal is an important barometer for Mexico.

Silva has been compared to a young Fernand Torres, the former Spain striker now playing for Atletico Madrid. He is cool and calm when he has chances in front of goal.

"Cristiano talks to me and gives me advice", Silva said. "I have a pact with the players and we treat these personal matters away from the national team". 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.

The duo scored goals in the same match three other times - World Cup qualifiers against Hungary, Andorra and the Faroe Islands. It was only Silva's third match.

Santos showed a lot of respect for Sunday's opponents Mexico, highlighting El Tri's technical ability and suggesting he thinks coach Juan Carlos Osorio will play a back line of four. The Mexicans won the title in 1999. "He is an idol even for the players, and we hope that he can help Portugal with some of his goals and victories". His rapid rise led to speculation about moves to some of the top European clubs, and he eventually signed with Milan for next season.

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