Belfast Telegraph

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

By Claire Cromie

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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