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Cristiano Ronaldo readies for U.S. match by posing next to watermelon

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Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo eyes the ball during the group G World Cup soccer match between Germany and Portugal at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, Brazil, Monday, June 16, 2014
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Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo eyes the ball during the group G World Cup soccer match between Germany and Portugal at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, Brazil, Monday, June 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

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With Sunday's clash against the United States set to be a definitive moment in Cristiano Ronaldo's international career, it wouldn't be unreasonable to assume that the Portuguese camp has closed ranks, with players acutely focused on preparing themselves for the crucial match. While that still might be true, a recent photo emerged from the Portuguese camp that suggests that Cristiano Ronaldo isn't letting the pressure affect him.

Posing next to a carved watermelon likeness of himself, Ronaldo looks to be in good spirits, despite murmurings of a persistent knee injury limiting his participation in this World Cup. While it's probably safe to assume that Ronaldo commissioned the watermelon, because come on, it's Cristiano Ronaldo, you have to wonder whether Ronaldo was satisfied with the effort, considering that the watermelon seems to have a better jawline than his own.

Watermelon carving, whlie unusual from an outsider's perspective, is apparently a recognized commodity in Brazil, with multiple stories emerging in the run-up to the World Cup of chefs carving the faces of footballers into watermelons on a surprisingly regular basis.

Chef Rogerio Holanda of the San Raphael Hotel in Sao Paulo is one of the best, with photos emerging in early June of a number of Holanda's efforts. While his carvings are almost entirely impressive, his attempt at Neymar is the stuff of nightmares, with Watermelon Neymar showing an expression that seems to say, "WHY DID YOU CREATE ME?!"

Heavy stuff.

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