Belfast Telegraph

Friday 24 October 2014

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
Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo trains with his team at Windsor Park
©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 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.

Read more here.

COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted. The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator’s decision is final. It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases, tribunals and active legal investigations. We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse. Problems with commenting? customercare@belfasttelegraph.co.uk

Nightlife galleries

More

Latest Sport News

Stats Centre