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.”