Former Spain and Real Madrid goalkeeper, Iker Casillas has declared Cristiano Ronaldo a contender to win the Golden Boot at the World Cup.
The Portuguese star has been making headlines for weeks after his controversial interview with Piers Morgan on TalkTV.
‘It seems that Cristiano has come to the World Cup as a guest and people don’t count on him because of all the trouble he has at Manchester United,’ Casillas told Marca.
‘But… I do [have him as a contender for the Golden Boot]. When people talk about Cris they forget what he has done.’
‘Come on, he doesn’t forget, because he knows what he’s done.’
He added: ‘But I would always like him on my team. Cristiano still has the string to play at the highest level.’
Ronaldo is Portugal’s captain and has netted 117 times in 191 games for his country – meaning he is his country’s all-time top goalscorer.
They kick off their tournament in Group H against Ghana on November 24, before further group fixtures against Uruguay and South Korea the following week.