Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho believes Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo can inspire European champions Portugal (7/4 – To Win Group B) to more glory at the World Cup in Russia this summer.
Portugal overcame the odds two years ago to win Euro 2016, beating hosts France in the final, and Mourinho believes his home country can dream of lifting the World Cup in July because Ronaldo “makes the impossible, possible”.
Ronaldo was key for Portugal at the Euros and scored three goals en route to the final before he was forced off against France early on due to injury.
Portugal still managed to go on and win the trophy, even with their star man watching from the sidelines, and Mourinho says he can inspire them again in Russia.
The United boss told ESPN Brasil: “Portugal has an interesting squad. Without Cristiano, it would be impossible. But with him, nothing is impossible.”
Portugal are in Group B for the World Cup, which starts on June 14, alongside Spain, Morocco and Japan.
The European champions are, however, considered outsiders for the 2018 World Cup and are down the list behind joint-favourites Germany and Brazil (9/2) for outright glory at 25/1 in Betfred’s outright market for Russia.
Mourinho also believes Argentina can challenge for the trophy as they, like Portugal, can call upon one of the best players in the world in the shape of Barcelona ace Lionel Messi.
Mourinho added: “I believe that the Argentinian national team without Lionel Messi wouldn’t be a contender. But with him, it is one of the favourites.”
Argentina are in Group D alongside Nigeria, Croatia and Iceland.
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