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Cristiano Ronaldo is still pivotal to Portugal side battling Father Time

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Salah enjoyed a stunning debut campaign at Anfield, scoring 44 times in all competitions.

Mohamed Salah arrived in Russian Federation to a grand reception which even five-time Ballon d'Or holders Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi didn't get.

There has been intense speculation over Ronaldo's future after the 33-year-old suggested he could have played his last game for Real following their 3-1 victory over Liverpool in last month's Champions League final.

On June 2, Corriere dello Sport reported that Ronaldo planned to stay on if he is paid 80 million euros ($94.4 million) a year, and has hinted that he could leave Real following the team's Champions League win.

But the forward is now with the Portugal squad for the World Cup and Fernandes insists that Ronaldo is not letting transfer rumours distract him from the tournament.

"Many people talk about the battle for the Ballon d'Or between between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi but there are other players who have a chance to enter the race". Salah fans in Grozny, Russia, made big banners for their star player as he visited a stadium in the city amidst much fanfare, as they chanted Egyptian's name.

The club is believed to have offered Ronaldo a new deal following his outbursts after the UEFA Champions League final in Kiev, Ukraine, where he lifted his fifth UCL title.

"A defeat on the first day puts you in a bad way for the rest of the tournament so it's important to start well", he said.

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