Portugal goal against Mexico annulled after video review

March 28 2017 Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo controls the ball during the international friendly soccer match between Portugal and Sweden at the dos Barreiros stadium in Funchal Madeira island Portugal. (AP

Portugal hoping Ronaldo can continue his good form in Russia

Cristiano Ronaldo got a little bit of stick when he arrived with his new haircut, especially from Ricardo Queresma.

Coach Fernando Santos and some of Ronaldo's teammates are confident the star forward won't be affected by the buzz created by a report that said he wants to leave the Spanish club because of allegations that he defrauded the country's tax authorities.

And such was the impact of the change that his compatriot Fonte admitted Ronaldo's new hairdo took a few of his Portugal teammates aback when he joined up with Fernando Santos' squad in Russian Federation ahead of the Confederations Cup. "I did it and I shaved myself", Ronaldo told Real Madrid TV.

Few players have succeeded alongside Ronaldo in Portugal's attack recently. "I'm very happy to be playing alongside our captain". He would nearly certainly secure the prize if he can help Portugal win the Confederations Cup, the main warm-up event for next year's World Cup.

"Regarding Ronaldo, he is motivated, and what I can see is that he is taking the competition very seriously and is totally dedicated to training and thinking about the next game against Mexico", Silva told reporters ahead of the European champions' opening game.

"The guys were painting and I helped them when they were working at height", industrial climber Dmitry Chalov said. "I think that we communicate well and we have a good understanding, and that leads to these good results".

Ronaldo has 11 goals in five games with the national team this season, including two in Portugal's 3-0 win at Latvia in European World Cup qualifying last week, the team's last match before the Confederations Cup.

The duo scored goals in the same match three other times - World Cup qualifiers against Hungary, Andorra and the Faroe Islands. Portugal won 1-0 in a friendly in 2014. It was only Silva's third match.

Real Madrid player Ronaldo, 32, is the most decorated footballer in his team. He has won five league titles, four UEFA Champions League titles and one UEFA European Championship, as well as four European Golden Shoes.

A regular of Portugal's youth teams, Silva began attracting headlines when he joined Porto's senior squad and played well from the start, finishing the season with 21 goals.

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