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Ronaldo included on Martínez’s first squad for Portugal

New Portugal coach Roberto Martínez included Cristiano Ronaldo in his first squad on Friday since taking on from Fernando Santos following the World Cup.

FILE – Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo pauses through the World Cup quarterfinal soccer match between Morocco and Portugal in Doha, Qatar, Dec. 10, 2022. New Portugal coach Roberto Martínez included Cristiano Ronaldo on his first squad checklist since taking on from Fernando Santos following the World Cup on Friday, March 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek, File)(AP)

The 38-year-old Ronaldo was disregarded of Santos’ beginning lineup for Portugal’s knockout-phase video games on the event in Qatar, together with the quarterfinal loss to Morocco.

Ronaldo, who performs for Saudi workforce Al-Nassr, can add to his worldwide report 118 targets when Portugal performs European Championship qualifiers towards Liechtenstein on March 23 and at Luxembourg three days later.

“Cristiano Ronaldo is a player who is completely committed to the national team,” Martínez stated. “I don’t have a look at age or different facets. He has the possibility to assist the workforce and cross on his expertise to different gamers.”

Martínez made only a few adjustments to the squad he inherited from Santos. Pepe, aged 40, was again once more in protection, whereas Ronaldo was joined by João Félix, Bruno Fernandes and Bernardo Silva as playmakers.

Martínez joined Portugal after the Spaniard ended his six-year stint with Belgium following the workforce’s disappointing group-stage elimination on the World Cup.

Portugal’s Euro 2024 qualifying group additionally consists of Iceland, Slovakia and Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Portugal squad:

Goalkeepers: Diogo Costa (Porto), José Sá (Wolverhampton), Rui Patrício (Roma).

Defenders: Diogo Dalot (Manchester United), João Cancelo (Bayern Munich), Danilo Pereira (Paris Saint-Germain), Pepe (Porto), Rúben Dias (Manchester City), António Silva (Benfica), Gonçalo Inácio (Sporting), Diogo Leite (Union Berlin), Nuno Mendes (Paris Saint-Germain), Raphael Guerreiro (Borussia Dortmund).

Midfielders: João Palhinha (Fulham), Rúben Neves (Wolverhampton), Bernardo Silva (Manchester City), Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United), João Mário (Benfica), Matheus Nunes (Wolverhampton), Otávio Monteiro (Porto), Vitinha (Paris Saint-Germain).

Forwards: Cristiano Ronaldo (Al-Nassr), Gonçalo Ramos (Benfica), João Félix (Chelsea), Rafael Leão (AC Milan), Diogo Jota (Liverpool).



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