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Ronaldo backing Brazil, Spain, Germany

Brazil, Spain and Germany are the favourites for the 2014 World Cup, according to Cristiano Ronaldo, who hopes his country Portugal will avoid the ‘big three’ in Friday’s group-stage draw.

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Portugal have not had the best of luck with World Cup draws in the past, and in 2010 were first paired in the group stages with Brazil, before then facing the eventual winners Spain in the second round.

And the Seleccao captain told Marca that these nations -- along with Germany -- are the teams he is hoping to avoid in the group stages, while leaving out Lionel Messi’s Argentina, who many pundits also favour.

“The candidates to win the World Cup are Brazil, Spain and Germany,” Ronaldo said. “Maybe this is not a good moment for us to face them, but we have not thought about that yet. We are going to see what the draw brings us. We have confidence, we are in good form and we achieved our objective of reaching Brazil. I hope we do not get one of the strongest teams at the start.”

The Real Madrid attacker was asked if he felt that, given his current outstanding form for club and country, and with him being 29 next summer, his third finals might be ‘his’ World Cup.

“It could be, although that depends on many things, how the season goes, and that everyone feels good,” Ronaldo said. “There are many factors. I am feeling good at the moment, so what is important is to keep like this until the end of the league and then play a very good World Cup. That is what I want most.” 

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