Isco vows never to talk to Ronaldo again

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The sculpture was created by Emanuel Santos and he worked three weeks before it was instilled at the Airport in Ronaldo's honour in March a year ago.

The Real Madrid star scored a stunning hat trick for Portugal in their Group B opener and his celebration caused a bit of a stir. Cristiano Ronaldo (R) and his former teammate Patrice Evra (L).

Against Portugal, Morocco must earn at least one point before Spain plays Iran in Wednesday's late game in Kazan.

"He's very happy to be here with us and every match it's a privilege for us Portuguese to have a player such as him".

There is history between these teams, as well as Ronaldo and Morocco centre back Mehdi Benatia. "It wasn't the one that we expected though, but still we tried not to lose the game".

"He is the best in the world. Nothing is done in this group so we will have to be strong and determined".

However, if the game against Spain is anything to go by, Ronaldo and Portugal are the team to beat. Speaking to Cadena COPE, he said, "You have to congratulate Cristiano". "We were all screaming and Ronaldo was so upset. He makes us dream, he gives us confidence", explained Pepe. Cristiano's performance was very good.

Morocco boss Herve Renard revealed that he has not prepared a special plan to stop Ronaldo. Iran showed they can be dogged in their win over Morocco, although they will be going up against a much better opponent here.

"I hope Cristiano Ronaldo will play a great match, we're used to that nearly", Santos said.

Anyway, despite Mo Salah's appearance and goal, Egypt now appear dead and buried, but at least Senegal raised African spirits with a rousing win over Poland on day five, while Japan kept up Asia's end with a surprise victory over 10-man Colombia.

The team doctor was criticised by Federation Internationale de Football Association for the way he handled the injury but Amrabat wants to play against Portugal.

"It's a crucial match that will determine our World Cup destiny", said midfielder Isco of the Iran showdown.

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