Following his team’s dramatic last-gasp 2-2 draw with the USA in Manaus on Sunday, Cristiano Ronaldo admitted that he never thought “limited” Portugal could win the World Cup. The Seleccao still has a remote chance of making it out of Group G, but it needs a combination of a German win vs. the Americans, a win against Ghana, and a goal differential swing of five vs. the USA to stand any chance of qualifying for the Round of 16.
"Maybe we're an average team," Ronaldo said after game. "It would be a lie to say that we are a 'top' team. We have many limitations and suffer from injuries such as with Pepe [who was suspended] and [Fabio] Coentrao. This limits us a lot. We have a very limited team and we are not at the best level. This does not enable you to beat top teams."
The Real Madrid forward added: “There are no miracles. We knew we would have a tough group, with perhaps teams better than us. I never thought we could be world champions, we have to be humble and know our level. I'm not a hypocrite, I never thought we could win the tournament."