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Odds are Portugal’s star player Christiano Ronaldo will play against the U.S. on Sunday, but there is a possibility that he will not be able to. Ronaldo’s doctor has reportedly advised him not to play anymore in the World Cup.
MRIs have shown there is a great deal of pressure on the patellar tendon in Ronaldo's left knee, reports NBCSports. Newspaper El Confidential claims that experienced Portuguese surgeon, Jose Carlos Noronha, told the Real Madrid star that he could tear the tendon beyond repair if he were to play on it.
Noronha also added that the 29-year-old soccer player needed at least a two month break from activity to allow the knee to properly heal. “Let your knee rest, or your future is in danger,” he told Ronaldo, who replied “I’m the one that says whether I’m playing or not.”
With Pepe already out due to a suspension from a red card in the Germany match, Portugal could potentially be without two of their best players in the must-win game against the U.S.
Ronaldo has an $11 million-per-year contract with Real Madrid and was the most recent FIFA World Player of the Year according to Yahoo. He is Portugal’s best offensive player.
If the U.S. wishes to make it out of the group stages, they cannot lose to Portugal. With Portugal's best defensive and offensives players sidelined, the U.S. will have a good chance to move on. However, the answer to the big question belongs to Ronaldo – is the World Cup more important than your career?
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