“Bernardo and Ruben Neves stated you have been in nice form, are you able to affirm that?
Sure, I really feel good. I’ve recovered effectively (from his gastroenteritis), I’ve had good coaching, I’ve ready myself to begin the World Cup in the absolute best manner, and the crew is prepared.
What reminiscences do you might have of the 4 World Cups you performed in?
There are good ones and unhealthy ones, these are very particular competitions and I’ve all the time scored. I principally keep in mind the optimistic.
Are Portugal among the many favourites?
I imagine we have now monumental potential, I am certain of it. Successful, sure, I imagine in it, however as I’ve already stated, we should transfer ahead calmly, serenely, pondering first of the primary match in opposition to Ghana (Thursday, 5 p.m.). It will likely be a tough match, it ought to enable us to achieve confidence.
Is that this the very best Portuguese crew you might have performed for?
If it is the very best, we’ll discover out on the finish. I imagine sure, that the technology is excellent, that it has monumental potential, that there’s a good “combine”, with very proficient younger individuals. However as I stated earlier than, we have now to consider this primary recreation first. If we’re the very best, we have now to indicate it on the pitch.
“Even when I gained the World Cup, there can be a debate. There are some preferring blondes and others preferring brunettes »
Do you might have extra obligations?
This will likely be my fifth World Cup. I’ve all the time had obligations, I’ve had them since I left dwelling at eleven to go to Lisbon. I really feel that I’m extra noticed than the others. I’m accountable as a participant, as a good friend, as a father. I’ve a number of obligations, however the stress is all the time the identical. Since very younger, I understand how to handle it. Generally good, typically unhealthy, it depends upon the warmth. I am not good however I can deal with it.
If you happen to win this World Cup, will you be the most effective in historical past?
I do not see that far. Even when I gained the World Cup, there can be a debate. It is like in every single place, there are some preferring blondes and others preferring brunettes. I’m bold, I want to win each competitors I play. Yet one more World Cup on my checklist, that would not be unhealthy.
Are you apprehensive that your scenario at Manchester United and your interview final week could have penalties for Portugal?
All my profession, I’ve written and spoken. Generally actual issues, typically pretend issues. I do not care what different individuals suppose. The employees and the crew know me, they won’t be influenced by what is claimed or written. I wish to see how this group is hardworking and impressive, it’s armored. It is not going to shake him.
You’re on the bench in Manchester, is that this a possibility to indicate that you’re nonetheless the most effective on the planet?
If I needed to display once more at 37 years and eight months, after what I’ve already carried out… I respect individuals’s opinions. If I do not win, if I haven’t got yet one more trophy, I’ll nonetheless be pleased with what I did. However sure, I’ve to display on the pitch, yr after yr.
“When a participant comes right here for a press convention, do not speak to him about me: speak concerning the World Cup, speak concerning the nationwide crew”
You may surpass Eusebio’s World Cup goalscoring document (9 targets, all scored in 1966).
There have been so many information, they’re all distinctive. Overtaking Eusebio can be particular, however I do not take into consideration this document, but it surely would not forestall me from sleeping (he’s at present at 7 targets). If Portugal are world champions with out me scoring, I signal instantly. Sworn on the heads of my youngsters. Argentina, Brazil, France or Germany are extra favourites. However in 2016 we weren’t favorites for the Euros, I hope to be a shock once more at this World Cup.
What did you consider the Louis-Vuitton marketing campaign picture with Messi?
I liked doing this marketing campaign. I wished to do it for a number of years. I favored taking part in chess with him. Doing it on the pitch right here can be nice.
The World Cup is the one title you miss.
It is a dream for me, it might be magical. However in life I lack nothing, I acquired rather more than I anticipated. All groups need to win, and in the long run just one will win. We give it some thought, however calmly.
Are you able to inform us extra about your relationship with Bruno Fernandes, your teammate at Manchester United?
There are all the time “polemics” unfounded, the one with Bruno is yet one more. I’ve an excellent relationship with him, it was solely a joke. His airplane had been delayed, that is why I requested him if he had come by boat. It is the identical with Joao Cancelo, who was pissed off after a conflict with Joao Felix. All the things that revolves round me turns into a debate or an argument however the ambiance within the choice is great, there is no such thing as a drawback. The Ronaldo case is closed, cease speaking about it! When a participant comes right here for a press convention, do not speak to him about me: speak concerning the World Cup, speak concerning the nationwide crew. If you happen to requested me about Rafa, for instance, I would not reply, as a result of it is a carried out deal. (the Benfica striker gave up the choice earlier than the World Cup). I would love you to ask concerning the choice. »