Cristiano Ronaldo will put speculation over his club future firmly to one side as he leads European champions Portugal into their Confederations Cup opener against Mexico in Kazan on Sunday.
Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo inspects the grass during a training session at the Arena in Kazan, Russia, on Saturday, June 17, 2017.
The match should prove to be one of the best this weekend and one of the best in the group stage of the Confederations Cup.
Confederations Cup teams Chile and Mexico have been sanctioned by Federation Internationale de Football Association a combined 17 times for fans' homophobic chants in the current World Cup qualifying programme.
A regular of Portugal's youth teams, Silva began attracting headlines when he joined Porto's senior squad and played well from the start, finishing the season with 21 goals.
Portugal had a first-half goal against Mexico chalked off in the Confederations Cup after the action was reviewed on video.
The 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup is about to go higher. "Cristiano is concentrated 100 per cent on helping the team, he's an example to all of us, a great athlete. He is focused on what needs to be done here, and without a doubt he will have a great tournament".
Two of the top contenders for the Confederations Cup title are meeting early in the tournament, with Portugal and Mexico making their Group A debut on Sunday in Kazan.
Putin said this week he expected Russian Federation to play like warriors and that fans expected better results from the world's No. 63-ranked team.
Ronaldo insisted Wednesday he had a "clear conscience" after Spanish prosecutors accused the Real Madrid star of evading 14.7 million euros in tax through offshore companies.
The Portuguese sports daily A Bola published a front-page story Friday saying that Ronaldo was upset with the accusations made against him and that his decision was "irreversible".
"I stand by Ronaldo's character and integrity, both as a man and as an athlete", said Santos, who coached Ronaldo when the player was a teenager in Portugal before leaving to play for Manchester United. "All these issues will not affect us".
Ronaldo has been linked with a sensational move away from Real Madrid amid reports he has told the club he no longer wants to play in Spain.
- Julian Draxler scored in each of the four competitions he played in for PSG this season (Ligue 1, Coupe de France, League Cup, Champions League).