Cristiano Ronaldo will start his World Cup campaign with Portugal two days after his contentious split from Manchester United and will attempt to put the past week and a half's events behind him.

Portugal takes on Ghana at Stadium 974 on Thursday, kicking off what is likely to be the 37-year-old Ronaldo's final World Cup - a trophy that has eluded him throughout his decorated career.

A victorious tournament in Qatar would also allow Ronaldo to move on from his rocky divorce from Man Utd, officially ended on Tuesday.

It happened after the forward gave an explosive interview to Talk TV in which he claimed United had deceived him and launched a stinging attack on boss Erik ten Hag.

And, before the World Cup begins, Ronaldo has assured his Portuguese teammates that the timing of his bombshell interview will not disrupt their concentration.