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Ruben Dias opens up on Manchester City switch & 2022 being Cristiano Ronaldo’s last World Cup

Ruben Dias joined Manchester City in the summer of 2020 from Benfica.

The centre-back went on to enjoy a sensational debut campaign in England, playing a starring role during 2020/21 as Manchester City won the Premier League and reached the final of the Champions League.

After that campaign, Dias was named Premier League Player of the Season, Manchester City Player of the Season and much more.

Now, in an interview with Record, the stopper has been discussing his success in Manchester:

“I didn’t expect anything. It’s all extra. I really like to work without expectations. Obviously, I have my dreams. But when it comes to the moment of truth and when it comes to the game, I really like to think one day at a time,” he said.

“Because I believe it’s very easy to fool ourselves, especially nowadays with social networks and all the publicity. And then you lose a bit of focus on where you’re heading. The focus is on the day to day, the focus is on the next game. And so I lead my life, my way of being and I believe that it is this way of being that will lead me to achieve the things I want.”

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Dias also opened up on making the move to Manchester City and what he thought when he heard about the interest:

Dias is now set to go on international duty with Portugal and is expected to be a key figure at the 2022 World Cup.

Playing alongside Dias will be Cristiano Ronaldo. The forward is now the top scorer in international football history and the best player in the world in the eyes of some.

In his interview with Record, Dias was asked about Ronaldo’s high status in the Portugal team:

“No doubt about it. Ronaldo’s status is Ronaldo’s status, and I don’t think there’s much more to add to that, he said. “But I think above all, it’s important to take into account that it’s Ronaldo, it’s Bernardo Silva, it’s João Cancelo, it’s Pepe, it’s Rúben Dias, it’s Rafael Leão, it’s Bruno Fernandes, it’s Nuno Mendes, it’s Danilo Pereira, it’s Diogo Jota.

“Obviously, Cristiano is a very important player for us. But if we really want to do something special, we have to understand that only all of us together can do that. We don’t lack individualities, so what we need is for all our individualities to find the best way of working together.”

With Ronaldo 37 years of age, there is a real chance 2022 could be CR7′s last World Cup.

On 2022 potentially being Ronaldo’s final tournament, the Manchester City stopper said: “It’s a subject where if you really think about it, it’s a possibility. But nobody knows it better than Cristiano.

“And even Pepe, João Moutinho… Nobody will know it better than them, and so it’s also a decision that will belong to them in the future. We simply focus on the essential, which is the best in the present. And in the present, they are part of it.”

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