Fans on Twitter feel that Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo will be outperformed by Uruguay attacker Darwin Nunez when the two sides clash in the 2022 FIFA World Cup on Monday (28 November).
Ronaldo will start for the 2016 European champions’ clash against Uruguay as will Liverpool’s Darwin Nunez.
The Liverpool forward failed to find the back of the net in Uruguay’s clash against South Korea on 24 November. However, Ronaldo was on the scoresheet for Portugal in his team’s 3-2 win against Ghana the same day. The 37-year-old found the back of the net from the spot after earning the penalty himself.
Fans, however, believe Nunez will outshine Cristiano Ronaldo during the crucial 2022 FIFA World Cup clash. Here are some of the reactions:
@TheEuropeanLad nunez will cook pentugal
@TheEuropeanLad Nunez masterclass against this Pendu team
@TheEuropeanLad Núñez time to own Penaldo
@TheEuropeanLad Ronaldo starting? Uruguay winning easily then
Nunez is gonna show Ronaldo levels tonight
The two GOATS at the world cup Darwin Nunez and Cristiano Ronaldo are playing against each other tonight
Lucas Felipe ⚫️⚪️
#POR XI: Diogo Costa; Cancelo, Dias, Pepe, Nuno Mendes; Bernardo, Neves, Carvalho; Bruno Fernandes, Ronaldo, Joao Felix.
#URU XI: Rochet; Coates, Godin, Gimenez; Varela, Valverde, Vecino, Bentancur, Olivera; Nunez, Cavani.
So its Nunez vs Ronaldo next
Heading into today’s contest, Fernando Santos’ team have three points after defeating Ghana and Uruguay have a point after drawing with South Korea.
Portugal coach Fernando Santos on injury to Cristiano Ronaldo’s teammate Danilo Pereira
Ronaldo’s national teammate Danilo Pereira won’t be a part of the Portugal side that faces Uruguay on Monday after suffering an injury in training.
Speaking to the media, Portugal boss Fernando Santos spoke about the player’s status and said (via PortuGOAL):
“It’s one of those incidents that nobody can really understand. We were working on set pieces, he was in the middle of a pack of players and suddenly he screamed out. He took his time to catch his breath but after a while, he was breathing normally and it didn’t seem anything special. But he went to the hospital to get checked over and we found out the type of injury he has [three fractured ribs].”
“If we can use Danilo again in the World Cup all the better but it depends on how his recovery goes. But have three centre-backs and other players who can play in that position. We are not going to make a drama out of it or cry about it. It’s football.”
“We’re very disappointed, first and foremost, for him. But Danilo is with us and he’ll stay with us. And perhaps the strength he transmits will give us a big boost to strive to offer him a present along with all the Portuguese.”
Santos also revealed that Pepe will be the player to replace Pereira for the clash against Uruguay and said:
“Pepe will replace him. He will play and he’s ready, like he always is.”
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