yesterday, 15/09/2022 22:30
photo: Seleções de Portugal
Cristiano Ronaldo is not having an easy time. Initially, he wanted to leave Manchester United before the season, but no relevant club showed enough interest in him, so the 37-year-old Portuguese had to settle for playing at Old Trafford. However, his place in the national team is still certain.
Although Dutch coach Ten Hag has only included Ronaldo in the starting lineup once this season, Portugal coach Fernando Santos considers the five-time Ballon d’Or winner a very important part of the team. “Like every player, I have to work with Cristian according to the situation. But I don’t think anyone doubts about Ronaldo, he is a very important part of the team.” declared the Portuguese pilot in a press conference.
Ronaldo played 189 matches for the national team, in which he scored 117 goals. He can also add to his tally against the Czech Republic, who he faces on Saturday, September 24 in the League of Nations. Portugal is second in the table by one point behind Spain, the Czechs are in third place after four rounds, ahead of the last Swiss.
Portugal’s last match against the Czech national team Jaroslav Šilhavý won 2-0 in Lisbon in June.
Goalkeepers: Diogo Costa (FC Porto), José Sá (Wolverhampton/Eng.), Rui Patrício (AS Roma/It.).
Defenders: Diogo Dalot (Manchester United/Eng.), Joao Cancelo, Rúben Dias (both Manchester City/Eng.), Pepe (FC Porto), Tiago Djaló (Lille/Fr.), Raphaël Guerreiro (Dortmund/Germany), Danilo Pereira, Nuno Mendes.
Midfielders: Vitinha (all Paris St. Germain/Fr.), Joao Palhinha (Fulham/Eng.), Bernardo Silva (Manchester City/Eng.), Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United/Eng.), Joao Mário (Benfica Lisbon), William Carvalho (Betis Sevilla/Sp.), Matheus Nunes, Rúben Neves.
Attackers: Pedro Neto (all Wolverhampton/Eng.), Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United/Eng.), Diogo Jota (FC Liverpool/Eng.), Joao Félix (Atlético Madrid/Sp.), Rafa Silva (Benfica Lisbon), Rafael Leao (AC Milan/It.), Ricardo Horta (Braga).