Manchester City defender Ruben Dias says Portugal must not over-rely on Manchester United striker Cristiano Ronaldo at the World Cup.
Ronaldo has made 189 appearances for Portugal, registering 117 goals and 42 assists. The 37-year-old, who captains his country, made his international debut for Portugal in 2003 at the age of 18.
“No doubt about it. Ronaldo’s status is Ronaldo’s status, and I don’t think there’s much more to add to that,” Dias said. “But I think above all, it’s important to take into account that it’s Ronaldo, it’s Bernardo Silva, it’s João Cancelo, it’s Pepe, it’s Rúben Dias, it’s Rafael Leão, it’s Bruno Fernandes, it’s Nuno Mendes, it’s Danilo Pereira, it’s Diogo Jota.
“Obviously, Cristiano is a very important player for us. But if we really want to do something special, we have to understand that only all of us together can do that. We don’t lack individualities, so what we need is for all our individualities to find the best way of working together.”