SALVADOR: Germany aim to prevent Portugal superstar Cristiano Ronaldo claiming another goal-scoring feat when the sides meet in the World Cup today.
The 29-year-old Ballon d’Or winner is Portugal’s all-time top scorer and the first player to score 40 goals twice in consecutive seasons for Real Madrid.
Ronaldo has laboured with a knee and thigh problem recently, but took a full part in Saturday’s training with the Portuguese squad.
He can claim another goal-scoring feat by scoring at
six consecutive major tournaments if he scores against Germany at Salvador’s Arena Fonte Nova.
His German Real Madrid team-mate, Sami Khedira, says the Portuguese are always a threat with Ronaldo in the team even if he is not fully fit.
“This is our most difficult game, even if we have recently always won against Portugal,” Khedira told German daily Bild.
“I know that they (Portugal) want to beat Germany, Cristiano has said to me in the past, ‘this time it’s your turn, this time we’ll beat you’.”
The last player to achieve the mark of scoring in six successive major tournaments was Germany’s Jurgen Klinsmann who scored at the 1990, 1994
and 1998 World Cup finals as well as the 1988, 1992 and 1996 European championships.
Ronaldo is looking to match the feat having already scored at least one goal at the European championships of 2004, 2008 and 2012, plus the 2006 and 2010 World Cup finals.
Germany have beaten Portugal at three of the last four major tournaments after claiming victory at Euro 2008, the 2006 World Cup and Euro 2012.