The defender admitted that the Seleccao are
dependent on the Real Madrid forward shaking off his
injury woes if they are to reach the latter stages of
the World Cup
Portugal centre-back Bruno Alves says his side are reliant on
Cristiano Ronaldo being fully fit and in form for the World
The 29-year-old scored 51 goals in 47 appearances last
season for Real Madrid, helping Carlo Ancelotti's side win
their 10th Champions League title, in addition to the Copa del
However, Ronaldo has been blighted by injury issues since
April and pulled out of training on Thursday after issues with
his left knee, casting doubt on whether he will be fit for the
Seleccao's opening clash with Germany on Monday.
And veteran defender Bruno Alves has acknowledged that
Portugal would be a much weaker team without the two-
time Ballon d'Or winner.
"The greatest player in world football had to be present at
the World Cup and he will help the team achieve our aims,"
the Fenerbahce man, 32, told Antena 1. "We rely on our
captain Ronaldo, always.
"The rest of the squad are all competing for a place in the
starting line-up and we are all motivated. We've arrived in
Brazil in good shape for the World Cup.
"All of the games will be difficult but we're keen to start
well against Germany. Portugal have quality players who can
make a difference in the World Cup - anything can happen.
We can't make any predictions, but we all have dreams and
Portugal follow Monday's clash with Germany with a tie
against USA on June 22 before facing Ghana in their final
group stage match on June 26.
They will be hoping to better their second round exit in 2010
and trying to at least match their World Cup 2006 showing
- when they reached the semi-final.