The Portugal and Real Madrid star believes that the likes of the Netherlands, Germany and Denmark will pose a stiff challenge to Portugal in the group stages but that Spain remain the team to beat at the tournament.
Cristiano Ronaldo has joined the list of players to have lifted both the Barclays Premier League and the Spanish La Liga trophy as well. His tally of 60 goals in Real Madrid’s 2011/12 campaign, with 10 goals in as many appearances in the UEFA Champions League
have made the superstar one of the players to watch during the upcoming tournament.
However, the Portuguese star has cooled talk about his side’s chances to lift the Euro trophy, stating that a lot of teams pose a serious threat this time around and stating that Spain remained the favourites to retain the trophy they had lifted, for the
first time in the nation’s history, four years ago.
"I don't think that in this Euro there will be a lot of surprises," Ronaldo said, before continuing, "Spain are really strong and behind them there are difficult sides to play."
Ronaldo also acknowledged that Portugal would have to knuckle down if they wanted to qualify for the knock out round after being placed in the group of death. He said, “We realise we are in a difficult group, the group of death, and our priority first of
all is to get through the first phase.”
At the same time he pointed out that all the teams in the group have beaten Portugal on more than the odd occasion, with Denmark forcing the nation to having to qualify for the Euros through the play-offs. He said, "We have fallen among Germany, the Netherlands
and Denmark, who beat us in the qualifying group but I have a reasonable hope that we will qualify from the group."
Ronaldo ended by saying that the fact that Portugal were not favourites would help his teammates. “We are not favourites, and so much the better for that."
Portugal are in the same group as the 2010 World Cup finalists, the Netherlands, the highly-rated Germany national side and the nation that nearly cost them a place at the Euros, Denmark.