Moreno's header saves Mexico on a mixed day for Ronaldo, Chicharito

"My conscience is quite clear", Ronaldo said Wednesday as he walked from a Portugal team bus into Lisbon airport on his way to Russian Federation. The Russian team won the right to participate automatically as host of the event team New Zealand as victor of the Nations Cup Conference football Oceania-2016. Adding the leadership of Andres Guardado who is recovering from injury and Mexico has a trio of midfielders who can do a lot to help Mexico win the midfield as they all possess the ability to interchange and play multiple places in the midfield.

The duo scored goals in the same match three other times - World Cup qualifiers against Hungary, Andorra and the Faroe Islands.

A source claims Ronaldo "feels great indignation" with all the conjecture about his tax affairs and a sense of "injustice" at the allegations - which he contests - and has made a decision to leave Spain.

Fernando Santos says the use of the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) remains confusing after his Portugal side saw an opening goal ruled out against Mexico at the Confederations Cup.

Following their match against the current CONCACAF Gold Cup holders, Portugal are set to play hosts Russian Federation in Moscow on 21 June and New Zealand in Saint Petersburg on 24 June.

"Ronaldo is motivated", young Portugal forward Andre Silva said Friday. You can see they are taking this very seriously.

Ronaldo has scored 11 goals in five games with Portugal this season.

Ronaldo's recent performances have left him in a strong position to catch up with Lionel Messi with a fifth world player of the year award.

But the Portugal captain created another shooting opportunity for Quaresma with 10 minutes remaining and, although Ochoa saved comfortably, they continued to pile late pressure on Mexico.

Portugal has won six of its last seven games, with the only setback coming in a 3-2 loss against Sweden in a friendly in March.

Before the Champions League final two weeks ago, when Madrid won its second consecutive title with two goals by Ronaldo, the star forward said that he was never jeered while playing for Manchester United, and that he missed his time in England even though he loved living in Madrid and playing for Real Madrid.

Speaking before Portugal faced Mexico in their Group A opener on Sunday in Kazan, Infantino also sent his condolences to the Portuguese people following the forest fire that killed more than 60 people in the country. All game long he has been Mexico's most dynamic offensive talent, and if Mexico hopes to make a run in the Confederations Cup, he will need to continue his form.

With Ronaldo in tow, Portugal is undoubtedly one of the favorites in this match.

Portugal doesn't have any player on its squad playing for Mexican clubs.

  • Zachary Reyes