Cristiano Ronaldo is the equal of two strikers

There is no doubt that Cristiano Ronaldo is the great reference point of this Portugal side, a player on which their entire offensive network is sustained. The numbers corroborate this: he has 15 of the 32 goals in the team, whilst Quaresma, with four, is in second.In the Round of 16, the striker will face a rival who also has great offensive potential, but who, in this case, is split between two front men: Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani, who are the second best pairing in the World Cup (24) after Neymar and Coutinho (28).In that two against one, Ronaldo doesn’t compare too badly. Moreover, he can compete against them, as with four goals he surpasses Suarez (two) and Cavani (one), and of his 15 shots, seven have been on target, compared to the eight from the Uruguayans.The pressure received from rivals is also greater on the part of the Portuguese. Being the only true offensive player in his side focuses means he gets more attention from his opponents.
, and which makes him the player with the second highest number fouls on him in the World Cup (13, compared to 17 for Neymar), four more than Suarez (six) and Cavani (three) combined. He also beats both, individually, in terms of passing, as Ronaldo has played 74 successful passes, the Barcelona striker has made 56 and the Cavani, 61.Win in direct duels Since Uruguay and Portugal have not faced each other since a friendly match in 1972, Cristiano Ronaldo hasn’t had the chance to take on Suarez and Cavani together, but he has done it separately and scored more than both. With Suarez, the clashes have been more common. Since his arrival at Barcelona, they have played eight LaLiga games and one Supercopa match, with a score of six goals from the Uruguayan and five from the Portuguese.However, Ronaldo also has two from an Ajax-Real Madrid game in 2010, when Los Blancos won 4-0.Against Cavani, he has played four matches in the Champions League, scoring three goals, compared to one from the Uruguayan.