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SI World Cup Preview Issue Cover: Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo is the reigning FIFA Ballon d'Or winner. His Real Madrid just captured its record 10th European Cup by topping city rival Atletico Madrid in the Champions League final. His Portugal is ranked third in the world. His girlfriend, Irina Shayk, is an SI Swimsuit model. Life is good, if you're Cristiano Ronaldo. 

Ronaldo's presence on the SI World Cup Preview Cover marks a first for him, though, and he'll be aiming for another first this summer: Lifting the World Cup trophy with Portugal. All that's missing from Ronaldo's glittering career resume is a major international trophy, something that has evaded not only him, but all compatriots before him.

Doing so in Brazil, where his namesake, "El Fenomeno" Ronaldo, will be watching, would cap his iconic year in the most glorious way. Of course, it won't be easy. A Group of Death awaits for Ronaldo's Portugal, and the onus falls on the superstar to guide his team back to the knockout stage before setting sights on a legacy-cementing moment at the Maracana.

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Cristiano Ronaldo ganó el 2013 Balon de Oro de FIFA. Su club, Real Madrid, acaba de capturar la décima campeonato de Europa en la historia, ganando contra Atlético de Madrid en la final. Su selección, Portugal, tiene tercer puesto en las rankings FIFA. Su novia, Irina Shayk, es un modelo de SPORTS ILLUSTRATED. Sin discusión, la vida es buena para Cristiano Ronaldo.

La portada de SPORTS ILLUSTRATED es una nueva cosa para Ronaldo, sin embargo, y él tiene otro nuevo objetivo este verano: Ganar el Mundial con Portugal. La única cosa que le falta a Ronaldo es un trofeo con Portugal, un país que no ha ganado nunca un torneo internacional importante en el nivel mayor.

Hacerlo en Brasil, donde mira el Brasileño Ronaldo Fenómeno, sería un fin de la temporada perfecto para Cristiano Ronaldo. Pero no sería fácil. Portugal está en el Grupo de Muerto, y Ronaldo tiene la responsibilidad de liderar su equipo hasta las rondas eliminatorias y un momento que pueda definir su carrera en el estadio Maracanã.

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