Ricardinho, the best blind footballer in the world, expects Iran to come strong in 2018 IBSA Blind Football World Championships.
The competition will take place in Madrid, Spain from from June 17-25, 2018.
“Iran did a great work to come to the final in Rio and I believe they can get even better. We know there will be other good teams in the World Championships. Argentina has a lot of tradition and China has a great record in major tournaments. But we will keep on doing what we have always done: our focus is always to give our best.”
The 28-year-old also chose the lone goal in the Paralympic Games final against Iran as his favourite ever.
“I had broken my left leg and damaged the ligaments early in the year so I wasn’t sure I would make it to the Paralympics. But I managed to be fully fit for the final and scored the goal that gave Brazil its fourth 5-a-side gold medal. The goal against Iran still makes me feel emotional.”