Cristiano Ronaldo may have been a distant second in a recent study’s rankings of soccer’s most valuable players, but news that he is nursing not one but two injuries a little over a week before the World Cup begins is a sobering prospect for Portugal.
Ronaldo, the Portuguese FA (FPF) announced, has a “muscle injury on the back of his left thigh as well as left-leg patellar tendinitis” as he works to be available for the Group G opener against Germany on June 16. His thigh injury has been reported, but the knee tendinitis is a new issue. Still, he was running and preparing with his teammates as they worked out at the New York Jets facility for a friendly Friday in Boston. And a photo on his Twitter feed proclaimed that the speed limit doesn’t apply to him.
Speed limit 20? Not for Ronaldo. pic.twitter.com/uOXLvYyAh7— Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cr7Prince4ever) June 4, 2014
“We hope that Cristiano is in good enough shape to play and to help the team,” Nani, his teammate, said. “He is going well, and he is relaxed about it. Things are going the right way. “If for some reason [he] is not there, whoever is there playing has to be confident in their ability to get the job done.”
He might also be smarting from a study by the CIES Football Observatory that placed Lionel Messi’s value at $270 million, nearly double Ronaldo’s $142-million valuation.
THE BEST PLAYER IN THE WORLD pic.twitter.com/1KTCPCkVse— Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cr7Prince4ever) June 1, 2014