Portugal defender Jose Fonte is in no doubt Cristiano Ronaldo will be fit for this summer’s European Championships despite some recent injury problems.
The Real Madrid star missed Tuesday’s Champions League semi-final against Manchester City, and Goal understands he is a major dout for the return clash in the Spanish capital .
And Southampton captain Fonte believes he will find a way to work through his injuries ahead of the Euros in France as Fernando Santos’s side look to secure their first major tournament trophy.
“I have no worries about Ronaldo at the Euros, he is just a beast and he will be ready,” he told Goal. “You see him train and it is just incredible, he’s so fit and the way he takes care of himself is so impressive. He will be ready for Portugal and is such a key player for us.
“He is the best I’ve ever trained against. I think he will have a great competition.”
Portugal are favourites to progress from Group F having been drawn alongside Iceland, Austria and Hungary but much will depend on the fitness of their captain and record goalscorer.
Ronaldo was hampered by injury trouble in the run-up to the World Cup in 2014 and could not prevent Portugal from bombing out in the group stage due to a heavy loss against Germany and a draw against the United States. Nonetheless, Fonte is confident in his side’s ability to beat all-comers.
“We are aiming to win it. We have to aim that high and I believe we are good enough. Of course there is competition from other teams, like Germany in particular, is great but I think we can do it. I want to be part of that journey and believe I can be.”
Fonte also admitted he is the man tasked with marking Ronaldo during training sessions with the national team, and he continues to be impressed by the former Manchester United forward’s abilities.
“No of course I can handle him… no It is annoying because he plays against me in training as I’m the right centre back and I have to mark him when we do our routines and training matches along with the right full back.
“His movement and his strength are fantastic, on the ball he is so impressive as well.”
Download our mobile app today.