Cristiano Ronaldo says he is '100 per cent' ready to take on Germany
Portugal superstar has been struggling with knee and thigh problems in training
Cristiano Ronaldo insists he is “100 per cent fit” and ready to help Portugal break their losing streak against Germany in Monday’s key World Cup clash.
The 29-year-old Ballon d’Or winner has laboured with a knee and thigh problem recently, but took a full part in Sunday’s final training session in Salvador.
“I have been practising for a few days, which I couldn’t do if I was injured,” said Ronaldo ahead of the group G clash.
“I’d like to be 110 per cent, but I am at 100 per cent and ready to help the national team.
“Obviously, I would like to play without pain, but in my entire career I have always had injuries and knocks to deal with, but I am ready to play.”
The Arena Fonte Nova clash is a rerun of Portugal’s Euro 2012 opener against Germany, when they lost 1-0, while the Germans have beaten the Portuguese at three of the last four major tournaments.
“Obviously the historical record has been positive for Germany recently, but I remember a recent case when Real Madrid couldn’t beat Bayern Munich and that changed,” said Ronaldo, whose Real beat Bayern in this season’s Champions League semi-final.
“I hope this is the year Portugal change things against Germany and maybe tomorrow is when that will happen.”