How Julen Lopetegui's appointment will affect Ronaldo, Bale, De Gea — Real Madrid

Grant SmithJun 13, 2018

FC Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta has warned his Spain teammates about the danger Cristiano Ronaldo poses ahead of their 2018 FIFA World Cup clash with Portugal this week.

While Ronaldo cast doubts over his own future with Real Madrid shortly following their Champions League final win last month.

The 25-year-old beat Ronaldo's record of 31 goals in a Premier League campaign after the African forward netted 32 times in his first season in the English top flight.

But then, the Real Madrid star saw a young fan in a Ronaldo jersey approach the bus.

La Furia Roja will play their first 2018 World Cup match against 2016 European Championship winners Portugal on Friday, one of the biggest matches of the first round of fixtures.

"Many people talk about the Cristiano Ronaldo-Messi battle [for the Ballon d'or] but there are other players who have chances to enter the race".

"I hope his injury in the final in Kiev doesn't keep him out". "Salah is certainly one of them". "It's extremely unlikely that we'll see another player like him".

Both players were integral to their respective sides last season with Griezmann leading Atletico to the Europa League trophy and Ronaldo helping Real on their way to the Champions League.

Nacho highlighted his versatility in Spain's friendly win against Tunisia on Saturday by filling in on the left flank, and he now hopes to be handed a starting spot for La Roja's massive showdown with Portugal in five days' time.

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