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WORLD CUP 2014: Can The Ronaldo Factor finally lift Portugal to glory at the World Cup?

The question facing Portugal at the Word Cup is plain: Can Cristiano Ronaldo do for his country what Diego Maradona did for Argentina at the 1986 tournament?Argentina went to Mexico 28 years ago with a solid team, but it was Maradona who made the South Americans special as he lifted them to the World Cup title with some electrifying performances and sensational goals.Ronaldo also sprinkles magic dust onto a Portugal team that can assemble talent from Europe's top flight but which without him lacks that extra edge.The 2013 FIFA world player of the year's stupendous performances against Sweden in the World Cup playoffs were a case in point. He got all four of Portugal's goals over two legs, including a hat trick in the return leg in Sweden as the Portuguese qualified with a 4-2 aggregate win.In those games, Ronaldo produced the kind of explosive bursts of speed and close ball skills that have made him great."He is a huge influence in the team and our decisive player," Portugal coach Paul...

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