Cristiano Ronaldo comes face-to-face with the Confederations Cup trophy

Cristiano Ronaldo comes face-to-face with the Confederations Cup trophy

Cristiano Ronaldo claims it would be ‘beautiful’ if Portugal managed to upset the odds once again and win the FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia.

Ronaldo captained Portugal to an unexpected triumph at Euro 2016 in France last summer, securing the Iberian country its first ever major trophy.

Portugal now have another opportunity to win silverware when they take part in the Confederations Cup in June.

Fernando Santos’ side will be joined by the five other holders of the FIFA confederation championships – Australia, Chile, Mexico, New Zealand and Cameroon – as well as World Cup winners Germany and hosts Russia.

Ronaldo came face-to-face with the trophy that will be awarded to the eventual winner but admitted he couldn’t touch it for fear of jinxing his side ahead of the tournament.

‘I never touch the trophies, never,’ Ronaldo told FIFA. ‘It brings you bad luck. 

‘I would like to win it, it would be a dream but there is still a lot of work to be done. The dream must always be there, now we will see. 

‘How the team will be by then and how luck plays its part. It depends on many factors. 

‘I hope Portugal is lucky enough to win yet another trophy for the first time in history. It would be beautiful.’

Four venues across Russia will host the tournament as the country continues to prepare to stage the World Cup in 2018.

Portugal have been placed in the easier of the two groups in the Confederations Cup and will face CONCACAF Gold Cup holders Mexico in their opening game in Kazan on June 18.

The European champions will then face hosts Russia in Moscow on June 21 before completing their group fixtures against minnows New Zealand in St Petersburg on June 24.

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