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World Cup Watch: Ronaldo’s game time a concern for Portugal

By STEVE DOUGLAS
AP Sports Writer

Cristiano Ronaldo might be straddling a fine line between being fresh and simply being not sharp enough to make a telling contribution in what is likely his final World Cup. It’s one start in seven Premier League games for Ronaldo at Manchester United this season and only one goal for club or country. That was a penalty in a Europa League match against Moldovan team Sheriff Tiraspol. Ronaldo didn’t even make it off the substitutes’ bench in the 6-3 loss to Manchester City on Sunday. His new role as a reserve is doing little for Ronaldo’s reputation or brand and won’t be making Portugal coach Fernando Santos feel too great either.

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