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Report: Portuguese doctor tells Cristiano Ronaldo playing with knee injury could be career-threatening

Jun 18, 2014, 12:26 PM EDT

Cristiano Ronaldo‘s doctor is reportedly pleading with his patient not to play in the World Cup. (UPDATE: Teammate says Ronaldo 100 percent fit for Sunday.)

For the players, an injury must be serious to keep them from playing on the world’s biggest stage.  But according to the doctor, this one is.

With MRI’s showing serious pressure on the patellar tendon in the 29-year-old’s left knee, experienced Portuguese surgeon Jose Carlos Noronha has warned Ronaldo that playing on it could risk tearing the tendon beyond repair.

Dr. Noronha, known for performing top-level ACL repairs and other knee operations for soccer players, believes Ronaldo needs two months off from the game immediately if he wishes to fully repair the injury to his knee.

According to quotes in El Confidential, the doctor told Ronaldo, “let your knee rest, or your future is in danger” to which Ronaldo replied, “I’m the one that says whether I’m playing or not.”

[RELATED: What’s health status for US players on Sunday?]

Ronaldo left training early yesterday with his injured knee wrapped in ice, just as he did in the build-up to Portugal’s 4-0 defeat to Germany, in which he looked less than healthy.

It remains to be seen whether he’ll start against the United States. If Portugal loses that match, they are eliminated from knockout-round contention.

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  1. jslip1 - Jun 18, 2014 at 12:28 PM

    I don’t wish ill on the man, but his absence is good news for the US

    • Joao Mamede - Jun 18, 2014 at 6:14 PM

      These are fake news. The doctor already said he had never talked to anyone (specially to a spanish tabloid?!).
      If he had..he could actually loose his license….

  2. heynyc61 - Jun 18, 2014 at 12:43 PM

    Crazy risk your future.

  3. mazblast - Jun 18, 2014 at 12:49 PM

    Purest soap opera, straight out of a bad Hollywood movie. Something Disney would make a movie out of if Ronaldo were an American–

    (Cue bad music underscoring)–Outstanding (and of course handsome) athlete is told his career, maybe even his life, is on the line if he plays. He tells the doctor, “I’m playing because my team needs me.” Wife (blonde, generic, wholesome, pretty, implants but not large ones) tells him, “Think about our SON.” He says, “I’m doing this for HIM, so he can respect his father when he grows up.” Heroically plays, and of course scores the winning goal with seconds remaining. Leaves the field, somehow without reporters or teammates, with his son in his arms and his wife by his side. (Cue louder bad music, go to credits)

    Or he really could be hurt. Why don’t we wait and see?

    • soultoucher713 - Jun 18, 2014 at 4:49 PM

      he hurt his knee almost 2 months ago u obviously do watch the sport

    • Joao Mamede - Jun 18, 2014 at 6:15 PM

      His girlfriend is not the mother of his son. Even though they were together at the time. :)

      • sw19womble - Jun 19, 2014 at 2:23 AM

        Is that how he hurt his knee? :/

  4. iammrbinky - Jun 18, 2014 at 1:11 PM

    Pepi and Reynaldo out? That would give the U.S. a tremendous opportunity to advance.

  5. njraiderfan19 - Jun 18, 2014 at 1:49 PM

    Cristiano= drama queen. I’m rehabbing my 3 knee surgery at 46 to get ready to play again. Pu$$y.

    • aclerok - Jun 18, 2014 at 2:06 PM

      Look out internet, looks like we have ourselves a badass here.

    • reformed2012 - Jun 18, 2014 at 2:31 PM

      *Cristina Ronaldo

      • Joao Mamede - Jun 18, 2014 at 6:16 PM

        Is Cristiana. Nos Cristina. Cristina would be the feminin of Cristovão.

      • Joao Mamede - Jun 18, 2014 at 6:16 PM

        It’s Cristiana. Nos Cristina. Cristina would be the feminin of Cristovão.

      • Joao Mamede - Jun 18, 2014 at 6:16 PM


    • Joao Mamede - Jun 18, 2014 at 6:08 PM

      Did you see him complaining?

  6. talgrath - Jun 18, 2014 at 2:36 PM

    The witch doctor told the truth!

  7. brookwell2013 - Jun 18, 2014 at 4:15 PM

    We’re talking about soccer….soccer…right? we talkin soccer! Soccer! Soccer! We not talking about basketball games here, we talkin about SOCCER! Soccer!! (Apologies to A. Iverson).

    • brookwell2013 - Jun 18, 2014 at 8:27 PM

      you soccer dudes have zero sense of humor…….

  8. Joao Mamede - Jun 18, 2014 at 6:12 PM

    The doctor already said he didn’t give any interview to the spanish newspaper. This is just a Real Madrid public push to prevent him from being injured by any chance.
    Why would a portuguese doctor would talk only to a spanish newspaper and a spanish newspaper alone about this?

  9. thedeadlockvictim - Jun 18, 2014 at 9:12 PM

    Pure mind games. Is Mourinho advising the Selecção in his spare time these days?

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