Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 21 April 2015

Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani train at Windsor Park ahead of Northern Ireland v Portugal World Cup qualifier

Portugal train at Windsor Park ahead of their World Cup qualifier against Northern Ireland on Friday night. Real Madrid star and Portugal's captain Cristiano Ronaldo trains with his team. Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye.
Portugal train at Windsor Park ahead of their World Cup qualifier against Northern Ireland on Friday night. Real Madrid star and Portugal's captain Cristiano Ronaldo trains with his team. Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye.
Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo trains with his team at Windsor Park
The Portugal squad at a training session ahead of their World Cup qualifier with Northern Ireland at Windsor Park on Friday evening. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.
Nani during this evenings Portugal squad training session ahead of their World Cup qualifier with Northern Ireland at Windsor Park on Friday evening. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.
Portugal Manager Paulo Bento holds a press conference after training at Windsor Park, ahead of their World Cup qualifier against Northern Ireland on Friday night. Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye.
Ronaldo during Thursday's Portugal squad training session ahead of their World Cup qualifier with Northern Ireland at Windsor Park on Friday evening. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.
Raul Meireles during Thursday's Portugal squad training session ahead of their World Cup qualifier with Northern Ireland at Windsor Park on Friday evening. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.
Portugal train at Windsor Park ahead of their World Cup qualifier against Northern Ireland on Friday night. Real Madrid star and Portugal's captain, Cristiano Ronaldo. Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye.
Ronaldo during this evenings Portugal squad training session ahead of their World Cup qualifier with Northern Ireland at Windsor Park on Friday evening. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.
Portugal train at Windsor Park ahead of their World Cup qualifier against Northern Ireland on Friday night. Real Madrid star and Portugal's captain, Cristiano Ronaldo. Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye.
Portugal train at Windsor Park ahead of their World Cup qualifier against Northern Ireland on Friday night. Real Madrid star and Portugal's captain, Cristiano Ronaldo. Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye.
Raul Meireles during Thursday's Portugal squad training session ahead of their World Cup qualifier with Northern Ireland at Windsor Park on Friday evening. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.
Portugal train at Windsor Park ahead of their World Cup qualifier against Northern Ireland on Friday night. Real Madrid star and Portugal's captain, Cristiano Ronaldo. Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye.
Nani during Thursday's Portugal squad training session ahead of their World Cup qualifier with Northern Ireland at Windsor Park on Friday evening. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.
Nani during Thursday's Portugal squad training session ahead of their World Cup qualifier with Northern Ireland at Windsor Park on Friday evening. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.
Portugal train at Windsor Park ahead of their World Cup qualifier against Northern Ireland on Friday night. Real Madrid star and Portugal's captain, Cristiano Ronaldo. Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye.
Ronaldo during this evenings Portugal squad training session ahead of their World Cup qualifier with Northern Ireland at Windsor Park on Friday evening. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.
Fabio Coentrao during Thursday's Portugal squad training session ahead of their World Cup qualifier with Northern Ireland at Windsor Park on Friday evening. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.
Ronaldo during this evenings Portugal squad training session ahead of their World Cup qualifier with Northern Ireland at Windsor Park on Friday evening. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.
Ronaldo during this evenings Portugal squad training session ahead of their World Cup qualifier with Northern Ireland at Windsor Park on Friday evening. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.
Portugal train at Windsor Park ahead of their World Cup qualifier against Northern Ireland on Friday night. Real Madrid star and Portugal's captain, Cristiano Ronaldo. Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye.
Portugal train at Windsor Park ahead of their World Cup qualifier against Northern Ireland on Friday night. Real Madrid star and Portugal's captain, Cristiano Ronaldo. Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye.
Ronaldo touches down in Belfast ahead of Portugal's clash with Northern Ireland. Pic Brian Little/Presseye
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland-5th September 2013 Mandatory Credit - Brian Little/ Presseye Portugal's Chistiano Ronaldo arrives with his team at Belfast International Airport ahead of Friday night's World Cup Qualifier against Northern Ireland at Windsor Park.
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland-5th September 2013 Mandatory Credit - Brian Little/ Presseye Portugal's Chistiano Ronaldo arrives with his team at Belfast International Airport ahead of Friday night's World Cup Qualifier against Northern Ireland at Windsor Park.
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland-5th September 2013 Mandatory Credit - Brian Little/ Presseye Portugal's Chistiano Ronaldo arrives with his team at Belfast International Airport ahead of Friday night's World Cup Qualifier against Northern Ireland at Windsor Park.
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland-5th September 2013 Mandatory Credit - Brian Little/ Presseye Portugal's Chistiano Ronaldo arrives with his team at Belfast International Airport ahead of Friday night's World Cup Qualifier against Northern Ireland at Windsor Park.
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland-5th September 2013 Mandatory Credit - Brian Little/ Presseye Portugal's Chistiano Ronaldo arrives with his team at Belfast International Airport ahead of Friday night's World Cup Qualifier against Northern Ireland at Windsor Park. Fans Peter Mooney (left) and Martin Ramsey
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland-5th September 2013 Mandatory Credit - Brian Little/ Presseye Portugal's Chistiano Ronaldo arrives with his team at Belfast International Airport ahead of Friday night's World Cup Qualifier against Northern Ireland at Windsor Park.
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland-5th September 2013 Mandatory Credit - Brian Little/ Presseye Portugal's Chistiano Ronaldo arrives with his team at Belfast International Airport ahead of Friday night's World Cup Qualifier against Northern Ireland at Windsor Park.
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland-5th September 2013 Mandatory Credit - Brian Little/ Presseye Portugal's Chistiano Ronaldo arrives with his team at Belfast International Airport ahead of Friday night's World Cup Qualifier against Northern Ireland at Windsor Park.
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland-5th September 2013 Mandatory Credit - Brian Little/ Presseye Portugal's Chistiano Ronaldo arrives with his team at Belfast International Airport ahead of Friday night's World Cup Qualifier against Northern Ireland at Windsor Park.
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland-5th September 2013 Mandatory Credit - Brian Little/ Presseye Portugal's Chistiano Ronaldo arrives with his team at Belfast International Airport ahead of Friday night's World Cup Qualifier against Northern Ireland at Windsor Park.
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland-5th September 2013 Mandatory Credit - Brian Little/ Presseye Portugal's Chistiano Ronaldo arrives with his team at Belfast International Airport ahead of Friday night's World Cup Qualifier against Northern Ireland at Windsor Park.
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland-5th September 2013 Mandatory Credit - Brian Little/ Presseye Portugal's Chistiano Ronaldo arrives with his team at Belfast International Airport ahead of Friday night's World Cup Qualifier against Northern Ireland at Windsor Park.
©Russell Pritchard 5th September 2013 The Portugal team arrive in Belfast today ahead of their World Cup Qualifier against Northern Ireland Manchester Uniteds Nani ©Russell Pritchard / Presseye
©Russell Pritchard 5th September 2013 The Portugal team arrive in Belfast today ahead of their World Cup Qualifier against Northern Ireland Real Madrids Christiano Ronaldo ©Russell Pritchard / Presseye
©Russell Pritchard 5th September 2013 The Portugal team arrive in Belfast today ahead of their Worl Cup Qualifier against Northern Ireland Real Madrids Christiano Ronaldo ©Russell Pritchard / Presseye
©Russell Pritchard 5th September 2013 The Portugal team arrive in Belfast today ahead of their Worl Cup Qualifier against Northern Ireland Real Madrids Christiano Ronaldo ©Russell Pritchard / Presseye
©Russell Pritchard 5th September 2013 The Portugal team arrive in Belfast today ahead of their Worl Cup Qualifier against Northern Ireland Real Madrids Christiano Ronaldo ©Russell Pritchard / Presseye
©Russell Pritchard 5th September 2013 The Portugal team arrive in Belfast today ahead of their World Cup Qualifier against Northern Ireland Manchester Uniteds Nani ©Russell Pritchard / Presseye
©Russell Pritchard 5th September 2013 The Portugal team arrive in Belfast today ahead of their Worl Cup Qualifier against Northern Ireland Real Madrids Christiano Ronaldo ©Russell Pritchard / Presseye
©Russell Pritchard 5th September 2013 The Portugal team arrive in Belfast today ahead of their World Cup Qualifier against Northern Ireland Real Madrids Christiano Ronaldo ©Russell Pritchard / Presseye

Cristiano Ronaldo - one of the world's greatest footballers and global superstar - is in town.

The Real Madrid star looked relaxed as he showed off his silky skills at Belfast's Windsor Park on Thursday evening, ahead of Portugal's clash with Northern Ireland.

A small crowd watched as he trained intensely alongside teammates Nani and Raul Meireles - but Ronaldo will undoubtedly be the main attraction for spectators at Friday's World Cup qualifying match.

The Portugal team flew into Belfast International Airport on Thursday afternoon where they were met by fans eager to get autographs and pictures - whether the footballers wanted to pose or not.

Pictures of fans "photobombing" Ronaldo circulated on social media sites for the remainder of the day.

The team later met more fans outside the Hilton Hotel before going to Windsor Park for a training session and press conference.

Meanwhile, Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill has said he believes Ronaldo will still regard himself as the best player in the world when he makes his first appearance since Gareth Bale's arrival at Real Madrid.

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