Chelsea star insists national side aren’t reliant on Manchester United legend

17:25 21 June 2012

Portugal

Portugal's Raul Meireles waves as he walks to a news conference after a training session of Portugal at the Euro 2012 soccer championship in Opalenica, Poland, Tuesday, June 19, 2012. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)

Raul Meireles dispelled the myth that Portugal need Cristiano Ronaldo

Chelsea star Raul Meireles has insisted that his side are not totally reliant on Manchester United legend Cristiano Ronaldo.

The midfielder called on his international team-mates to show the same collective spirit that lifted them out of Group B, at the expense of Denmark and Holland.

“We’ve started to play very well, but this started with the preparation games back home in Portugal. The confidence has always been the same,” Meireles stated about the belief within the Portugal squad.

“It’s not important who’s shooting the most or the least. It’s a collective effort. Above all, we’ve shown that we’re a team with good organization, with extremely strong players.”

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