Portugal vs Ghana: Cristiano Ronaldo takes center stage. So too Mohammed Kudus.
Between the two, Ronaldo and Kudus will form a fascinating subplot to an enthralling Group H tie between Portugal and Ghana. Ronaldo, 37, will hope to offer a return to his commercial past and help a talented Portuguese side realize his potential after a difficult season at his club, where he has mainly been on the bench. Kudus, 22, wants to take a look into the future by bringing his club form to the international stage and taking an underperforming Ghana to the knockout rounds.
Kudus is enjoying the chance to play against Ronaldo, who he grew up with, but has promised he won’t get carried away. “I think it will be a great moment to share the same field with an iconic player like Cristiano Ronaldo. We all looked up to him and watched him on TV,” he told Ghanaian TV3. “But with all due respect, we will approach the game with the same mentality… My mentality is approaching every game like when I played in the academy.”
The Williams crossed a desert barefoot to flee a war. Now their sons are at the World Cup – one plays for Spain, the other for Ghana
Despite being his World Cup debut and a 7-0 win, the game in Costa Rica was not the game Nico Williams was most looking forward to.
“I would especially like to play against Ghana,” the Spain winger told AFP ahead of the tournament.
There would be no other Spanish player who would be so excited about that matchup at this World Cup. Because one of the players Nico will compete against is none other than his brother Inaki: Nico in Spanish red, Inaki – eight years older than him – in Ghanaian colours.
“It’s that sibling rivalry. We never imagined reaching this level, two brothers playing for the same club (Athletic Bilbao), each in a national team and in a World Cup,” Nico said, catching a glimpse of the competitive relationship between the brothers. before moving quickly to the emotional.
The Williams brothers were born to Ghanaian parents, who had fled to Spain as refugees from the Liberian civil war.
Mexico’s away kit fury, jaguar patterns on Brazil’s shirts, Denmark making a statement and the light orange of the Netherlands: a look at World Cup jerseys
A national team jersey often reflects a country’s culture and tradition. The colors are a national symbol, closely linked to the team’s identity – the Canarian yellow is instantly recognizable to Brazil, Mexico’s green is always an instant hit and the flaming orange of the Netherlands is often a style statement.
The traditional kits also reappeared at the World Cup in Qatar, albeit with minor variations.
While England dressed in their traditional all-white against Iran and France donned their usual navy blue kit, with a second star on their crest signifying their triumph four years ago, some teams have adapted their usual colours.
The US, required to wear a rainbow-striped chest jersey, had to trade these plans for a more neutral kit, while Belgium was told not to wear match shirts with “Love” written on their collars.