Bruno Fernandes has insisted the current Portugal team is a collective and has played down the influence of former Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo.
Fernandes and Ronaldo are United favourites present and past, but teammates on the international stage. Both starred in Portugal’s opening Euro 2020 win over Hungary and are set to start against Germany in a vital group match on Saturday (5pm kick off UK time).
And the United playmaker admitted there is some rivalry between him and Ronaldo, with the duo sharing free-kick duties, but insisted both have the common goal to win with European Championship holders Portugal.
Fernandes said: “Ronaldo is influential, as always. He is another one who wants to do his best and is making a difference. The most valuable player in the national team is the ‘we’. The ‘we’ is the most important, there are many Is, but the ‘us’ is what counts.
“Our aim is to win every game. Now it’s Germany and we’re going to prepare the game to win it.
“Every game is different, the opponents are different, but our focus is collective. We know what we can do to correct what was less good [against Hungary] in trying to defeat Germany, who we know to be strong opponents. The pressure we have is to play for our country, nothing more.
“We are happy to have won and even better for having scored such a collective goal. It proves that this is what really matters.”
On who takes the free-kicks for Portugal, Fernandes said: “I already did take one. I’m already doing it, but it’s not necessarily my focus here.
“We have many players who can take them in their clubs and here. It’s not important who takes it.
“The only important thing here is to help the team whatever way I can do that and, if I can help them with the goals inside or outside of the penalty box, I will be happy. Our goal is to help the national team to win and I’m no exception.”