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The FFP director said the Real Madrid forward can be the catalyst for victory over La Roja on Wednesday and expressed his pride at the Seleccao's performances so far

Portuguese Football Federation (FFP) director Joao Pinto has revealed he is hoping Cristiano Ronaldo can be Portugal's inspiration during their Euro 2012 semi-final clash with Spain.

The Real Madrid star has led from the front for his nation thus far in Poland & Ukraine, scoring crucial goals against Holland in the group stages and Czech Republic in the quarter-finals to sit alongside German striker Mario Gomez at the top of the Golden Boot standings.

And Pinto is hoping the forward can continue his heroics against the Seleccao's Iberian rivals and catapult Portugal into the Euro 2012 final on Sunday evening.

The director told reporters: "All the players woke up in a good mood, with ambition, and we hope that Cristiano Ronaldo is inspired and that he will help us to win the match.”

Despite singling out Ronaldo, the Benfica icon backed all of Paulo Bento's men to perform and stressed his pride at their performances so far in the tournament.

"Today I hope that it will be the day of all the players because, if that is the case, it will also be our day,” he continued.

"The players have been extraordinary for the behaviour they have shown on and off the field. They are always focused on the matches.

"I am very proud, regardless of what happens from now on. This has been a month of great professionalism and commitment."