Former Uruguayan striker Diego Forlan on Cristiano Ronaldo
Portugal will step on the battlefield early Sunday to face Uruguay after passing through some ups and downs in the group stage.
But, what the former Uruguayan striker Diego Forlan lately said seems to be an omen for the national team.
“Uruguay will be ‘stopping 50% of Portugal’ if they manage to contain Cristiano Ronaldo in Saturday's second round match,” said Diego Forlan, according to a BBC report.
Portuguese skipper Ronaldo has scored four goals in the Russia World Cup, including a hat-trick in his side's opening game against Spain.
Uruguay is the only team in the tournament yet to concede a goal after their three group games.
"Ronaldo is a leader, the way he scores the goals and how important they are," his ex-teammate from Manchester United told BBC Radio 5.
Real Madrid forward Ronaldo netted a brilliant last-minute free-kick to claim a point against Spain and also scored the winner in the game against Morocco.
He failed to find the net in the draw against Iran as his side finished second in Group B.
It set up a knockout stage meeting with two-time champions Uruguay, who topped Group A with maximum points ahead of hosts Russia, Saudi Arabia and Egypt.
"We are a very defensive team and have very good defenders," said Forlan, who scored 36 goals in 112 caps for Uruguay.
"Ronaldo is a great player but I am confident with our defence and how the team is doing.
"I am not worried defensively but we have to be careful, we have to be concentrated than other games. We respect everybody; it is not like we change because it is Portugal."