Meireles: Portugal have to beat Denmark for Cristiano Ronaldo

The Chelsea midfielder says that helping his compatriot win the Ballon d'Or award is an extra source of motivation to beat the Scandinavian side in a vital Euro 2012 clash
 Martin Langer
In Donetsk

Portugal midfielder Raul Meireles has spoken of the importance that a victory against Denmark on Wednesday would have for team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Seleccao are under extreme pressure going into their second Group B match at Euro 2012 after suffering a 1-0 defeat to Germany on Saturday.

An early exit by Portugal in the tournament could seriously hurt Ronaldo's chances of winning the Ballon d'Or award, and Meireles is keen to help his compatriot reclaim the prestigious accolade from Lionel Messi.

"He is a great friend and the best player in the world," Meireles told "We will have to win the next match for him, and also for us.

"Cristiano does not like to lose. It is normal that these matches are very important to him as he gets very frustrated by defeats, just like it happened against Germany."

Portugal face off against Denmark at 18:00CET.