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Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal arrived Saturday in Russian Federation to begin final preparations for a World Cup campaign that pits them against arch-rivals Spain.

They have shared the past 10 Ballons d'Or between them, but Ronaldo has overtaken Messi when it comes to Champions League titles after lifting his fourth in the past five years with Real last month.

Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo says he is hopeful "the revelation of the year" Mohamed Salah will be fully fit to compete at the 2018 FIFA World Cup with Egypt to have a shot at the Ballon d'Or.

Salah enjoyed a stunning debut campaign at Anfield, scoring 44 times in all competitions.

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His sparkling form underpinned the Reds' surge to a surprise Champions League final appearance against Ronaldo's Real Madrid, but the fairytale ended in tears as a shoulder injury forced him out in the early stages of the 3-1 defeat in Kiev.

Nacho has admitted that he is relishing the prospect of potentially being tasked with stopping Real Madrid teammate Cristiano Ronaldo when Spain take on Portugal in the World Cup next week. "The Egyptian is one of them".

"To win the World Cup would be a dream for Portugal but to do it we have to play the same way we did in Euro 2016, as a team and all together".

Per Sky Sports' Zinny Boswell, Portugal team-mate Manuel Fernandes said: "I have nothing negative to say about Cristiano, he looks focused and doesn't look at all anxious about his future".


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