Didi Hamann has argued that Cristiano Ronaldo does not improve Portugal's team
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‘You could tell his age today… I don’t think he’s a huge help to Portugal’: Didi Hamann thinks Fernando Santos’ ‘pedestrian’ side would be better off WITHOUT 37-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo came under fire from Didi Hamann following his performance in Portugal’s win over Ghana on Thursday evening.

The 37-year-old striker opened the scoring from the penalty spot, becoming the first man to score in five different World Cups in the process. 

It was a less comfortable result than Portugal fans might have hoped for, though, as Ghana pulled two goals back to make the score line 3-2.

Didi Hamann has argued that Cristiano Ronaldo does not improve Portugal's team

Didi Hamann has argued that Cristiano Ronaldo does not improve Portugal’s team

The 37-year-old became the first man to score at five World Cups on Thursday

The 37-year-old became the first man to score at five World Cups on Thursday

Despite getting on the scoresheet, Hamann felt Ronaldo was holding his side back. He told RTE:  ‘I don’t think he’s the same player – I don’t know if this is match fitness or because he hasn’t played. If you watch him today, the balls he’s given away he’s never given away in his career. 

‘I think he’s lost at least a yard, but what he still does, he’s probably still the best in the air, because the spring he’s got is unbelievable. 

When asked if Ronaldo could still help Portugal, Hamann said: ‘I’m not too sure. They look pedestrian.

‘Obviously off set pieces he can always score because he’s good with his head, but whether he gets another club or where he gets another club, I’m not too sure.’

Going forward, Hamann felt Rafael Leao would be key to Portugal’s hopes. 

Hamann felt  Rafael Leao's pace would be key to Portugal's hopes in the tournament

Hamann felt  Rafael Leao’s pace would be key to Portugal’s hopes in the tournament

He said: I think Leao has got to come into the team because they just lack pace throughout the pitch, and if you haven’t got pace in modern football it’s very hard to create chances from open play. 

‘Once get out of the group, which they should do, knockout stages it’s a different story. I don’t think it’s a team that’s easy to break down, but a lot of similar players and I wouldn’t have them down as one of the three or four teams that can actually win it.’

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