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Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo has revealed the reason why he refused to celebrate after scoring an equaliser against Barcelona in Sunday's Clasico.

According to Mourinho, both Portugal and Argentina would be out of contention to win football's showpiece tournament in Russian Federation if not for the two forwards.

Aside Messi, Mourinho also tipped Portugal to go for the title in Russian Federation because of the presence of Cristiano Ronaldo.

The European champions head into the World Cup ranked fourth in Fifa's rankings, though few consider them to be among the favourites, with Germany, Spain, France and Brazil the most widely fancied.

"Portugal have an interesting team".

"When you look at the team we have put out, I think it's a team that could win".

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"I very much like the basic structure of Brazil, its tactical and mentality", he continued.

Ronaldo is anxious about his fitness, as the World Cup is arriving and Portugal is all set for the kick off against his neighbor Spain, which is to be played on June 15. "Without Cristiano, it would be impossible, but with him nothing is impossible".

"They have a bit of everything, strength, technique, speed, they are English and they defend and they fight, they know how to do it". "And then up front with Willian, Neymar, Philippe Coutinho and Gabriel Jesus. all players with outstanding qualities". Though Barcelona only played with ten men, as their midfielder Sergi Roberto got a red card, the hosts were soon able to take the lead after Lionel Messi struck a goal in the 53rd minute of the match. "We do not know yet if he will be back for Villarreal, but it would be ideal to have everyone ready for that final La Liga game".

"Sometimes they need a rest, but I'm not anxious about injuries".

"I would say that Spain is in better condition than any other European rivals".

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