Beto: Portugal will rally behind Cristiano Ronaldo

The goalkeeper insists that his nation will support the misfiring forward, whom he feels will win the Ballon d'Or following his prolific season at Real Madrid
 Clark Whitney
 In Lviv 

Portugal reserve goalkeeper Beto has voiced his support for Cristiano Ronaldo, claiming that the Real Madrid man will overcome his slump of form with help from his fellow countrymen.

The 27-year-old has yet to score at Euro 2012, and missed two one-on-one opportunities during Wednesday's 3-2 win against Denmark.

According to Beto, Portugal will focus not on Ronaldo, but on the collective as they move forward. And together, they will overcome the forward's slump.

"I think the most important thing is that the team has to deal with these situations," he told "It has to solve the problems, not one player, not two players.

"If one player wasn't playing good today, the team will help him. That's how we think, because we don't live for one player. The team is the most important thing, and I think the team will deal with this situation."

Many have touted Euro 2012 as an opportunity for Ronaldo to put himself ahead of Lionel Messi in the running for the Ballon d'Or - or to end his hopes should he flop. But despite the attacker's slow start to the tournament, Beto feels the Madrid star will earn the honour at year's end.

"I think he has the biggest chance to win this year," Beto asserted. "[Ronaldo and Messi] both scored a lot of goals this year, but [Ronaldo] is my friend, he's my colleague, and I believe he's the best. I think he'll win."

Reflecting on Wednesday's match, the goalkeeper feels that his side played the same style of football as in their 1-0 loss to Germany last Saturday, but the only difference was that this time, they scored.

"We had many chances against Germany in the second half. In the last 15 minutes we had four chances and the ball did not go in, and today the ball went in.

"We had three more chances to score today, but the most important thing was that we won the match. It was a very difficult and important match, and we won."

Portugal are now level on points with Denmark for second place in Group B. There are many permutations that could see the Seleccao advance to the quarter-finals, but Beto has clarified that his side will not be concerned with the result of the match between Germany and Denmark as they take on Netherlands on Sunday.

"I think the most important thing is that we depend on us," he said. "If we win our match, we go on to the quarter-finals. This has to motivate us because we won't depend on other results.

"Portugal are not the favourites to win the European Championship. No one says that Portugal are going to win."

"But we will do our job quietly. And we will try to progress as far as we can."