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Portugal is a 'one man team' says ex-Ghana captain Stephen Appiah

Cristiano Ronaldo will be leading Portugal against Ghana at the World Cup in Brazil

Cristiano Ronaldo will be leading Portugal against Ghana at the World Cup in Brazil

By Ameenu Shardow

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Former Ghana captain Stephen Appiah believes Portugal is a ‘one man team’ with their talismanic captain Cristiano Ronaldo as the main focus.

The Black Stars will come up against the 2006 World Cup semi finalists in the final group game at June’s World Cup in Brazil.

Some however believe the Portuguese team is heavily reliant on Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo and thus lack the attribute of an all-round team of which Ghana can exploit at the World Cup.

Ronaldo, the reigning best player in the world has hit a rich vein of form for both club and country with some few months to the commencement of the tournament in Brazil.

He is largely credited for Portugal’s qualification to the World Cup after an excellent individual display in the playoffs to ditch Sweden.

But ex Ghana captain Stephen Appiah agrees to the tag of a ‘one-man-team’ for coach Paulo Bento’s side despite the presence of other acclaimed world class players in Joao Moutinho, Raul Meireles, Pepe, Nani and Hugo Almeida.

“He [Cristiano Ronaldo] always makes the difference in the team,” Appiah told GHANAsoccernet.com.

“We saw what he did against Sweden [in the World Cup playoffs] so you can judge for yourself.”

Ghana is making a third appearance at the World Cup finals this term and will face USA and Germany before taking on Portugal in the final Group G game.

READERS COMMENTS

  1. lion-fire says:

    This guy needs to stop talking and focus son his assignments

  2. Asenegal says:

    Stephen Appiah pls shut the fuck up. After all these yrs as a pro footballer, yet u have no clue about the game. Who told u the portuguese nat. team is a one man show? let’s pray 4 the BS and wish them gud luck n stop these nonsense talk

  3. Truth says:

    Please Capito shut the f up. One man cannot make a team. if we only focus on Ronaldo we will lose miserably. You should be rather advising the team to keep every on of the Portuguese in check on the field

  4. Murtala says:

    But he is taking them to the world cup , after beating countries with eleven players so becareful.

  5. jah liveth says:

    Shut the f**k up Stephen Appiah! The more you open your mouth the more stupid you sound. If this is how you would speak then i wonder the kind of mentality or contribution you would bring to the Stars camp. You have a lot of admirers but your ignorance and uninformed utterances would soon betray you!

  6. Nana Yaw@Alata says:

    The talking is too much haba…Is it because he was called to scout for BS he better do the job and stop preaching tweaaa

  7. banger says:

    ALL U IDIOTS SHOULD SHUT THE F UP AND STOO TALKIN SHIT BOUT STEPHEN.HE WAS ASKED A QUESTION AND HE GAVE HIS OPINION.HE KNOWS BOUT THE GAME MORE THAN ALL U IDIOTS INSULTING HIM.HAV SOME RESPECT.WHAT THE FUCK DO U ASSHOLES KNO BOUT FOOTBALL.HE HAS BEEN N THE GAME AND HE KNOWS WAY MORE THAN U,

    • spellBOUND says:

      banger, because he played doesn’t mean he knows more than everyone on here. i.e.: DO U KNOW the resume and knowledge base of everyone commenting on here?? NO… they may be disrespectful in their comments, but ur over-generalizing a bit.

      rather direct ur attention and insults to GSN. i didnt read anywhere in this entire article that says what SA implied. the majority of those commenting based their comments on the title and not the substance OR lack there of in the article….

  8. spellBOUND says:

    hahahaha, man everyone here is telling SA to STFU… too funny..

  9. Asenegal says:

    Banger u r just as dumb as S.Appiah. No knowledge about modern soccer.Ronaldo being the best in the team doesnt mean we should only focus on him. Dummy!

  10. Bayonet says:

    Some members are not courteous at all and that is very bad. We just insult everybody (Leaders) and God should have mercy on us.
    That is his opinion as a citizen and you can say yours without any assault.
    God help our mother Ghana.