Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo insists he is not worried about his international goal drought and promised that he is saving his scoring exploits for this summer’s World Cup finals.

Ronaldo failed to shine during qualifying and Portugal struggled through their group, finishing second behind Denmark, before edging past Bosnia-Herzegovina in the play-offs to secure a finals berth.

Many have suggested that coach Carlos Queiroz’s decision to make Ronaldo captain has burdened the world’s most expensive player, and the evidence appears to back up that feeling.

Ronaldo failed to score a single goal in qualifying – with his last competitive goal coming in the group stage of Euro 2008 in a 3-1 win against the Czech Republic – as Querioz’s side scraped through unconvincingly to the finals.

But a typically confident Ronaldo insisted he is unconcerned by his lack of goals, suggesting that he is waiting for the biggest stage of them all to prove his international scoring credentials.

“It’s not a problem,” Ronaldo said. “I’m saving myself for the World Cup.”


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