Confederations Cup: Euro champions Portugal aim for more glory

Ronaldo insisted Wednesday he had a "clear conscience" after Spanish prosecutors accused the Real Madrid star of evading 14.7 million euros in tax through offshore companies.

It will be European champion Portugal, with Cristiano Ronaldo in top form, taking on Gold Cup victor Mexico in a game that is likely to decide the group victor.

Ronaldo past year extended his contract with the Spanish team until June 21, saying he wanted to end his career at the club.

The news of his possible departure attracted the attention of worldwide media covering Portugal at the eight-nation competition that serves as a warm-up for next year's World Cup. "It would be a handsome thing to have on the CV".

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Yes, players have been brought in on an ad hoc basis on previous tours to cover last-minute injuries, but never on this scale. Gatland scoffed at suggestions his side were divided on Test and non-Test grounds, insisting they were as united as ever.

It has been a dream last 12 months on the field for the former Manchester United man, who was a European champion at club and worldwide level in 2016. "We immensely enjoy the way he represents Portugal". "He's even an idol for us, the players".

Russian Federation and New Zealand are in Group A with Portugal and Mexico, who meet on Sunday in Kazan, while Group B features Cameroon, Chile, Germany and Australia.

His best display this season was a hat-trick when he single-handedly sealed Leverkusen's 3-2 away win at Mainz last September - then modestly credited his team for helping him score the three goals.

17 players on the team are 25 years old or younger, so this isn't the top German team but it is ready to prove it can still lift the title.

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Germany is the top-ranked team in the eight-nation Confederations Cup, at No. 3, but it came to Russian Federation with a second-string squad that has only three players from the team that won the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. A year ago I said that Portugal were going to Euro 2016 to win it. "We have to make an example on Sunday and try to start off with a win".

Portugal coach Fernando Santos said that the Euro champs are expecting to challenge for the title. Portugal will play Mexico in a Confederations Cup, Group A soccer match scheduled for.

They will be led by former Barcelona defender Rafael Marquez, still going strong at 38 - while Ronaldo will win his 140th cap in the game, Marquez will be making his 139th worldwide appearance.

Portugal won 1-0 in a friendly in their previous meeting in June 2014, while Mexico's Rafael Marquez is a survivor from his team's 2-1 loss to Portugal in the group stages of the 2006 World Cup in Germany.

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The Indomitable Lions, who reached the final in 2003, surprised everyone by winning the Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon at the turn of the year, while Chile won back-to-back Copa America crowns in the last two years and are spearheaded by Alexis Sanchez and Arturo Vidal.

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