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Portugal's Silva hails team man Ronaldo

Football Soccer - Euro 2016 - Portugal Training - Centre National de Rugby, Marcoussis, France - 27/6/16 - Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo attends the training. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe
Football Soccer - Euro 2016 - Portugal Training - Centre National de Rugby, Marcoussis, France - 27/6/16 - Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo attends the training. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe

REUTERS - Cristiano Ronaldo is a perfect team man, who is giving his all for Portugal at the ongoing Euro 2016, team mate Adrien Silva has said.

After a slow start to the tournament, Real Madrid striker Ronaldo scored twice in Portugal's 3-3 draw against Hungary to prevent a shock group stage exit and has played a part in two of his country's other three goals in the tournament.

Midfielder Silva, who plays for Sporting Lisbon, said Portugal would need Ronaldo to fire in Thursday's last-eight clash against Poland in Marseille if they are to make the semi-finals in France.

"It is true that Ronaldo is very important for us," Silva told reporters in France.

"It is no use beating about the bush. He scored but he also plays for the team, works for the team. He is our captain and he plays like that. He is an amazing player. We should focus on that."

Poland, who finished second in Group C behind Germany, have scored three goals from their four matches and conceded one in the tournament.

(Reporting by Ian Rodricks in Bengaluru; editing by Amlan Chakraborty)

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