Morocco Dare To Dream: Cristiano Ronaldo Eyes World Cup Quarterfinals
Cristiano Ronaldo has always been a dreamer. When he was a child, he dreamed of becoming a professional footballer. When he was a teenager, he dreamed of playing for one of the biggest clubs in the world. And now, as a man, he dreams of winning the World Cup with Portugal. In this blog post, we will explore Ronaldo’s journey to the World Cup and how he is inspiring the people of Morocco to dream big.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s World Cup History
Cristiano Ronaldo has had a long and storied career, and his World Cup history is no different. Ronaldo first made his World Cup debut in 2006, helping Portugal to a fourth-place finish. He would go on to score his first World Cup goal in 2010, netting against North Korea in Portugal’s opening game.
Ronaldo would help Portugal to reach the semifinals of the 2014 World Cup, but they would ultimately lose to eventual champions Germany. Ronaldo would again find the back of the net in 2018, scoring twice against Spain in a dramatic 3-3 draw.
As he enters the 2018 World Cup, Ronaldo will be looking to add to his already impressive tally of international goals. With Portugal once again among the favorites to lift the trophy, Ronaldo will be hoping to lead his country to glory and cement his place as one of the greatest players in history.
Morocco’s World Cup History
Morocco has a long and proud history at the World Cup, having qualified for the tournament on seven occasions. The North African nation first qualified for the 1978 World Cup in Argentina and has since gone on to appear at four more finals.
Morocco’s best finish came in 1986 when they reached the Round of 16 before being narrowly beaten by eventual runners-up West Germany. The Atlas Lions also made it to the last 16 in 1994 and 1998, but have failed to progress beyond the group stage in their three most recent appearances in 2002, 2006 and 2010.
Nonetheless, Morocco will be looking to make a positive start to their 2018 campaign when they take on Iran in their opening Group B fixture on June 15.
The Match-Up Between Morocco And Portugal
In a World Cup full of surprises, Morocco and Portugal will face off in the Round of 16. This is a matchup between two teams that many didn’t expect to still be playing. Portugal, led by superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, is coming off a group stage in which they finished second behind Spain. Morocco finished first in their group, which included 2010 champions Spain.
This will be a tough match for both teams. Portugal has the better overall team, but Morocco has been one of the best defensive teams in the tournament so far. They will need to continue that solid defense against Ronaldo and company if they want to advance to the quarterfinals.
It should be an exciting match between two teams that are looking to make some noise in this year’s World Cup. Be sure to tune in!
Why Morocco Has A Chance To Win
Morocco is one of the so-called “dark horses” of the 2018 World Cup. Many pundits and experts have them as outsiders to make a deep run in the tournament, and with good reason. Morocco has a chance to win because:
1) They have a strong defense.
2) They are skilled at counter-attacking.
3) They have a number of players who can make things happen on offense.
4) They are well-coached.
5) They will be playing with plenty of heart and desire.
How To Watch The Game
If you’re a fan of Cristiano Ronaldo, then you’ll definitely want to tune in to watch him take on Morocco in the World Cup. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN at 2:00pm EST on June 20th.
You can also catch the game online via the WatchESPN app or by visiting ESPN.com. If you have a cable or satellite subscription that includes ESPN, you can sign in and watch the game that way as well.
No matter how you choose to watch, it’s sure to be an exciting match!
With a victory over Iran in their final group stage match, Portugal is through to the round of 16 where they will face Uruguay. It’s been an up-and-down tournament for Ronaldo and Portugal so far, but with a win in their last match, they will have momentum going into the knockout stage. If Ronaldo and Portugal can continue to play at a high level, they have a chance to make a deep run in this year’s World Cup.