In soccer news of landscape-shifting proportions, Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has been diagnosed with patellar tendinitis, putting his World Cup availability in question.
According to the Portuguese Football Association, Ronaldo is suffering from a “muscle injury on the back of his left thigh as well as left-leg patellar tendinitis.” The Real Madrid superstar had previously been dealing with an undisclosed thigh problem before this latest diagnosis. Ronaldo returned to World Cup training yesterday, but his status for Portugal’s Group G opener against Ghana on June 16th is very much in question.
Ronaldo was instrumental in the design process of Nike’s revolutionary Mercurial Superfly cleat, a boot in which Ronaldo was supposed to wear during this year’s World Cup. The loss of Ronaldo would be massive blow to not only Portugal but also the entire soccer community. Ronaldo is the reigning FIFA Player of the Year, as well as one of the sports most recognizable faces.