After leading Real Madrid to a historic second successive Champions League title in Cardiff earlier this month — scoring twice against Juventus in a 4-1 victory, Cristiano Ronaldo will, get a chance to win another Nation accolade as Portugal emerge among favourites.
He scored twice again, for Portugal against Latvia in a 3-0 win, and will now lead the European champions at the Confederations Cup in Russia where he has the chance to add another title to a golden year for him.
Ronaldo is the biggest star at the 10th edition of the eight-team tournament that, barring one edition since 2001, has been the dress rehearsal for FIFA’s showpiece World Cup.
His path to the title seems somehow eased with world champions Germany bringing a second-string team but hey will have to contend with a full-strength Chile team, featuring Alexis Sanchez and Arturo Vidal.
Africa will be represented by Cameroon who won the 2017 African Cup of Nations despite some of their top players refusing to join the squad and, unlike Chile, have been at this tournament before — in 2001 and 2003.
Teams involved in this competition are;
All of which make up group A of the competition while the teams in the other groups are;
The competition starts today with the first kick off of the game against the host nation and New Zealand at 5pm (Zim time).
The FIFA Confederations Cup is soccer’s ultimate warm-up act for the FIFA World Cup.