Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo has disclosed that he is fully motivated for the UEFA Euro 2020 which will begin on Friday.
The Portuguese superstar will be hoping to equal or break the record for most goals scored for a national team as he heads into his fifth European Championship.
“I am at this Euros as if it were the first. I feel as motivated or more motivated than I did in 2004 at my first European Championship,” the 36-year-old told the Portuguese federation’s magazine ‘360’ on Thursday.
Portugal head into EURO 2020 as defending champions after beating hosts and favourites, France in the final of EURO 2016. They then established their dominance on European football by claiming the inaugural UEFA Nations League in exciting fashion.
“We are the defending champions and we are again among the contenders for the trophy.There is no point in promising titles or making predictions. What I can promise is that we will go into every game to win,” Ronaldo explained.
Portugal begins their tournament against Hungary in Budapest on Tuesday before taking on Germany in Munich four days later. World champions France would clash with Portugal in Budapest in their final Group F game on the 23rd of June.
“These are the opponents we have been drawn to play against. We respect all the teams,” Ronaldo said of the tough group. “There are no easy games.”