The Real Madrid attacker is hopeful of the Seleccao's chances in the finals, but feels that the defending European champion is the team to beat this summer.
The Real Madrid forward hailed the reigning European champion as he thinks the team has enough quality to cope with the absence of some key players, before adding that Vicente del Bosque would be able to field two teams that could fight for the title.
"If I had a suitcase full of money, I would bet on Portugal and Spain. I don't want to be a hypocrite. I'm very hopeful but, after Portugal, I'd go for Spain," the attacker was quoted as saying by Marca. "They [Spain] are the favorites to win Euro 2012. They're one of the strongest teams and have a big chance of getting to the final.
"[Carles] Puyol and [David] Villa will be greatly missed but others will replace them and do a good job because Spain have a core of very good, strong players. [Vicente] del Bosque could have two national teams and compete for the title with both."
Spain starts Euro 2012 with the Group C match against Italy on June 10. Portugal, meanwhile begins its campaign in Group B against Germany the day before.
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