Former Spain and Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas has declared Cristiano Ronaldo a candidate for the World Cup Golden Boot.
The Portuguese star has been in the headlines for weeks after his controversial interview with Piers Morgan on TalkTV.
Now Casillas, who won the World Cup with Spain in 2010 and played with Ronaldo at Real Madrid from 2009 to 2018, has tipped his former team-mate to shine in Qatar.
“It seems that Cristiano came to the World Cup as a guest and people don’t count on him because of all the problems he has at Manchester United,” Casillas told Marca.
‘But I do [have him as a contender for the Golden Boot]. When people talk about Cris, they forget what he did.
“Come on, he doesn’t forget, because he knows what he’s done.
The Spanish stopper also backed Ronaldo to find his feet at a big club should he leave United amid continued speculation over his future.
He added: “But I would still love him in my team. Cristiano still has the rope to play at the highest level.
Ronaldo is the captain of Portugal and has scored 117 times in 191 games for his country, which means he is his country’s all-time top scorer.
They kick off their tournament in Group H against Ghana on November 24, before further group matches against Uruguay and South Korea the following week.