We Must Make Ronaldo 'Less Exceptional,' Says Morocco Boss Renard

Esequiel Farfan
Junio 20, 2018

- Ronaldo's three goals for Portugal against Spain made him the oldest hat-trick scorer in the history of the World Cup (33y 130d).

Despite lifting the trophy at Euro 2016, Ronaldo's Portugal are not widely viewed as among the favourites in Russian Federation.

In-form Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal will play African giants Morocco in a 2018 FIFA World Cup Group B clash on Wednesday afternoon. It didn't seem to rattle the team, though, as Spain outplayed Portugal but ended in a 3-3 draw because of Ronaldo's hat trick.

Portugal defender Pepe said it was a "privilege" for the country to have a player like Cristiano Ronaldo after the Real Madrid star's dazzling display against Spain on Friday. We're very happy with him and his performance. "We hope that this will be Cristiano's World Cup as it would be a good sign for us then".

The FIFA World Cup 2018 Portugal v/s Morocco match will take place on Wednesday, June 20, 2018. "He makes us dream, he gives us confidence", explained Pepe. "To show respect and humility against the opponent to be able to build by making use of our capabilities", Santos told reporters at Moscow's Luzhniki stadium.

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Portugal went on to win the Euro two years ago, having drawn their first game with Iceland, but Santos warned that they can not just rely on their captain to bail them out.

Ronaldo, after his courageous header, also became the first Portugal player since José Torres in 1966 to score a goal with his right foot, left foot and head in a single World Cup. The Cup is already started from 14th June 2018 and ends on 15th July 2018 in Russian Federation. They've always played to their full intensity on the pitch and we have to respond to that. Where there's a will there's a way.

Spain head to Kazan to face Iran still counting the cost of a chaotic run-up to the tournament during which Julen Lopetegui was sensationally sacked just two days before they opened their campaign.

The Morocco defender Nabil Dirar added: "Tomorrow will be a final for us, an important battle".

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