Cristiano Ronaldo was on the training pitch early on Monday alongside his Portugal team-mates as they continued their preparations ahead of the start of this summer’s World Cup.
The Portugal captain is hoping to add World Cup glory to his CV after aiding their march to victory at the European Championships in France two years ago.
Cristiano Ronaldo looks on as the Portugal squad enjoy the second day at their World Cup base
Captain Ronaldo was the epitome of focus during Portugal’s training session on Monday
The 33-year-old kept himself to himself as he prepared for their World Cup opener with Spain
The Portugal squad are limbering up to face their rivals Spain at the Fisch Stadium in Sochi
The 33-year-old was pictured mostly on his own during the early phases of the session as he calmly juggled the ball, before mingling with some of his team-mates and sharing a joke with one or two.
Ronaldo was pictured laughing and joking alongside his former Real team-mate Pepe, before giving Manchester City’s Bernado Silva a quick look at his trademark step-overs.
Portugal arrived in Russia on Sunday and enjoyed their first training session the same day as they look to become accustomed to their new surroundings in Eastern Europe.
They face Spain on June 15, before Morocco in Moscow and then Iran in Saransk on June 25.
And as they look ahead to that mouth-watering group stage opener – one that should prove crucial in deciding the group’s first and second place outcomes – they will hope to have their captain and star man Ronaldo at the peak of his powers.
The Real Madrid superstar stretches on his own before the start of their session in Kratovo
Ronaldo controls the ball with his shoulder as he juggles it during the warm up
Ronaldo finished the season well for Real after enduring an uncharacteristically slow start to the campaign where he managed only four La Liga goals before January.
Finishing with 26, however, and 44 in all competitions, Ronaldo has proven that age really is just a number and he is more than capable of delivering the goods in Russia and past the upcoming competition.
He also heads into the tournament with a point to prove. Not just to his employers Real, but also to any potential buyers this summer and in the future.
Ronaldo’s place at the Bernabeu has been thrown into doubt after the club rejected his demands for a lucrative new contract that would see him match the wages of Lionel Messi and Neymar.
The seed was planted after Real’s Champions League final win over Liverpool in May where he rose questions over his future.
The Portugal captain was pictured juggling the ball whilst on the move on numerous occasions
Ronaldo practises his step-overs during a warm-up drill with Bernado Silva (left)
Ricardo Quaresma also shows his skilful side as he performs a trick while juggling the ball
He demanded a wage that would see him become the world’s highest paid player once again, but with his current deal to run until 2021 and with a hefty buy-out-clause included, Real feel they are control of the situation.
Reports from Spain at the end of last week had claimed Real have offered him an increase of £6.6million in his annual salary to £28.5m, which would still see him fall short of Messi.
That has not halted the speculation, however.
A Manchester United return could be on the cards, and so too a move to Paris Saint-Germain with Neymar a top target for Florentino Perez. The Real president has long shown an interest in the Brazilian, who had been linked with a return to Spain for much of the second half of the season.
Ronaldo will do well not to concern himself with speculation though. He will have his eyes and mind fixed firmly on Portugal’s World Cup campaign as he looks to prove he is still worth the value he is demanding.
Ronaldo enjoys a joke with former club team-mate Pepe as they train together in Kratovo
Portugal’s No 1 goalkeeper Rui Patricio gets down well to his left to make a save in training
Patricio (centre) led the way as he enjoys some drills with Anthony Lopes (left) and Beto (right)
Ronaldo was solo for much of the early phases of the session as he looks prove a point in Russia