Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo leads way at World Cup 2018 for Champions League minutes

Tom White 10/06/2018
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Cristiano Ronaldo heads into this summer’s World Cup having led all players in involvement in the most recent Champions League.

The Portugal forward played every minute of Real Madrid’s run to a 13th European Cup, matching Loris Karius for a season-high total of 1,170 minutes in the competition.

The pair’s campaigns ended in contrasting fashion in Moscow, with Ronaldo collecting a record fifth Champions League medal before returning to Russia for the World Cup while the Liverpool keeper has a summer at home to dwell on his pair of errors against Real.

Manuel Neuer, Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Kevin Trapp got Germany’s goalkeeping places ahead of Karius, leaving Ronaldo out in front alone among World Cup players.

Brazil goalkeeper Alisson and Serbia full-back Aleksandar Kolarov were 90 minutes behind after helping Roma to the semi-finals, while Dejan Lovren and Roberto Firmino broke the 1,000-minute barrier in Liverpool’s run to the final.

The rest of the top 10 consists of Ronaldo’s Real colleagues Keylor Navas, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo, Luka Modric and Toni Kroos – with Casemiro and Raphael Varane 12th and 13th in the standings.

Bayern Munich and Poland striker Robert Lewandowski was the man to break up the sequence, missing out on the top 10 by just one minute.

Jordan Henderson, 19th overall with 867 minutes, and Liverpool team-mate Trent Alexander-Arnold (21st, 819 minutes) lead the way in the England squad ahead of Tottenham contingent Kyle Walker (630), Eric Dier (613) and Harry Kane (591).

Kane scored seven goals along the way, one of five England players to strike more than once – Raheem Sterling managed four but it is his Manchester City team-mate John Stones’ three which catch the eye.

Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford matched Stones’ total while Dele Alli scored twice for Spurs. Ronaldo led all scorers with 15, five clear of the field.

Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah accounted for all of Egypt’s tally of 920 Champions League minutes, with compatriot Omar Gaber an unused substitute for Basel against Manchester City before moving to Los Angeles FC.

That was the highest mark for a “one-man team” – South Korea got 425 minutes from Spurs’ Son Heung-min, Japan’s Shinji Kagawa played 399 for Borussia Dortmund, Chelsea wing-back Victor Moses singlehandedly took Nigeria to 336 minutes and Peru’s Renato Tapia played 327 for Feyenoord.

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Mohamed Salah gallery as Liverpool star greets Egypt fans at pre-World Cup send-off

David Cooper 10/06/2018
Eyes on the prize: Mohamed Salah is trying to prove his fitness.

Thousands of Egyptian fans caught a glimpse of idol Mohamed Salah on Saturday night.

The 25-year-old Liverpool star, who is stepping up his recovery from a shoulder injury, did not take part in the country’s final pre-World Cup training session in Cairo, though he did spend time with fans at the international stadium in the city.

Chants of “Come Salah, Come Salah” bellowed around the venue as Pharaohs’ fans wished their country the best of luck ahead of this month’s showpiece in Russia.

Salah is expected to be fit for their Group A-clashes as Saudi Arabia, Russia and Uruguay await. The entire Egyptian squad are travelling to Russia on Sunday.

Check out some great pictures of Salah in our gallery above.

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Watch: Cristiano Ronaldo and rest of Portugal team arrive in Moscow for the World Cup

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Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal have made their way to Russia.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Co have touched down in Russia ahead of the World Cup, where they’ll face Spain, Iran and Morocco in Group B.

Supporters lined up to greet Portugal’s arrival, many of them hoping to catch a glimpse of fan favourite Ronaldo.

Watch the video below to see Portugal’s welcome in Moscow.

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