CAMPINAS, Brazil (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo strolled off a plane, lifted a hand and coolly pointed his finger to acknowledge a group of fans who were shouting out his name.
The Portugal and Real Madrid star arrived in Brazil to excited yelps of "Ronaldo!" on Wednesday, showing no signs of the left leg injuries that had troubled him in the lead up to the World Cup.
Ronaldo and his Portuguese teammates flew in a day after a 5-1 win over Ireland in an international friendly in the United States. The victory was his comeback game after two weeks on the sidelines with tendinitis in the knee and a thigh problem.
Wearing his cap back-to-front, he casually made his way across the tarmac at an airport near Campinas, a city around 100 kilometers (60 miles) north of Brazil's business capital Sao Paulo and where Portugal will be based.
On the other side of the runway, construction workers in red uniforms abandoned their jobs temporarily and lined up along a fence, straining their eyes to try and catch a glimpse of him.
Ronaldo started in the easy win over Ireland in New Jersey on Tuesday night and played 65 minutes, easing fears over his fitness for Portugal's opening World Cup game against Germany on Monday. Defender Fabio Coentrao said victory in Portugal's final tuneup was an important boost, as was Ronaldo's recovery.
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