New Portugal coach CALLS UP Cristiano Ronaldo for the latest international matches

March 17, 2023

The new manager of the Portugal national team, Roberto Martinez, has named Cristiano Ronaldo in his first squad.

Fernando Santos had rested the attacker in Portugal’s last World Cup matches as Morocco eliminated them, and it seemed the end of the road for the Talisman.

However, the gaffer was replaced by the former Belgium manager, Martinez, who has called up the attacker in his latest squad for their next Euro 2024 qualifying matches.

Ronaldo now plays for Al Nassr in the Saudi Pro League, which should disqualify him, considering that managers prefer to call up players doing well in Europe.

However, the Real Madrid legend remains in top shape and has been scoring goals relentlessly since he moved to the Middle East. He has now been rewarded with yet another call-up.

While defending his decision to name the attacker in his first squad as the country’s manager Martinez said, as quoted by Fabrizio Romano:

“Cristiano Ronaldo is a very committed player. He can bring experience and is a very important figure for the team. I don’t look at age.”

Ronaldo is easily Portugal’s best-ever player. At 38, the forward keeps delivering at the highest level, so he remains an obvious pick to play any game for his national team.

The attacker is the record goal scorer in men’s international football and has bagged 118 strikes in 196 games for his national team.

Portugal won Euro 2016 and the UEFA Nations League in 2019 with him as their key man and will hope they can also lift the Euro 2024 trophy.


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