Portugal World Cup Final Squad: Ronaldo and Full List of 26 Players
|Portugal Final Squad for World Cup 2022|
Portugal World Cup 2022 Squad - Final List of 26 Players
• Goalkeepers: Diogo Costa, Rui Patricio, Jose Sa
• Defenders: Joao Cancelo, Diogo Dalot, Pepe, Ruben Dias, Danilo Pereira, Antonio Silva, Nuno Mendes, Rafael Guerreiro
• Midfielders: William Carvalho, Ruben Neves, Palinha, Bruno Fernandes, Vitinha, Otavia, Matheus Nunes, Bernardo Silva, Joao Mario
• Forwards: Cristiano Ronaldo, Joao Felix, Rafael Leao, Ricardo Horta, Andre Silva, Gonçalo Ramos
Cristiano Ronaldo's appearance in the World Cup could be the last of his career. The legendary striker turns 37 this year. He has 191 caps for the national team and scored 117 goals. CR7 is the greatest goalscorer in the history of the national team.
Just one more goal, the former Juventus striker became the first player to score in five different World Cups. He is also three goals short of the record for Portugal in World Cups held by the legendary Eusebio (9 goals).
Ronaldo will certainly play an important role when Portugal hopes to win the world championship for the first time. Ronaldo's Manchester United teammates Bruno Fernandes and Diogo Dalot were also selected by coach Fernando Santos.
Among the players called up and will be Ronaldo's partners in attack are Rafael Leao (AC Milan) and Joao Felix (Atletico Madrid). Other big names including Joao Cancelo, Ruben Dias, Bernardo Silva and Renato Sanches have also been called.
Portugal is considered a team that does not have many weaknesses. Therefore, fans expect Portugal to go far in this year's World Cup.
|Portugal World Cup - Full List of 26 Players|
They have three good goalkeepers who can start, a solid defense with Cancelo and Dias, a strong midfield and quality attack - even if Diogo Jota is not in attendance due to injury. The Liverpool striker is also the most unfortunate absence.
In addition, Renato Sanches also did not participate. Since joining PSG in the summer of 2022, Sanches has disappeared and is mainly a reserve in Paris. This player is not destined for the World Cup. In 2018, Sanches was also eliminated, despite being a key player at Euro 2016 and 2020.
In Qatar, Portugal is placed in Group H along with Uruguay, Ghana and South Korea. European Selecao opened the campaign with a match against Ghana on November 24. It is likely that Portugal will not have difficulty to top the group.
Historically, Portugal's best performance in a World Cup was 3rd place in 1966, while they have not made it past the round of 16 in 3 recent participation in the biggest football day on the planet. best.
Cristiano Ronaldo becomes redundant in the World Cup 2022?
Cristiano Ronaldo is not in good form ahead of the 2022 World Cup. CR7's declining performance makes many fans in his hometown question whether to give a special ticket to the MU striker or not. If Ronaldo is eliminated, coach Fernando Santos will have more choices when Portugal has many talented young players. In the case of the superstar born in 1985 attending the 2022 World Cup, he can also become an "extra person" when he cannot compete with the official squad.
However, there is also information that Ronaldo is untouchable. He is currently the greatest striker in this team as well as in the achievement of national teams in the world. Coach Fernando Santos is also under a lot of pressure from the Portuguese Football Federation.
Finally, Ronaldo is on the list of 26 Portuguese players for the 2022 World Cup. However, there is no guarantee for Ronaldo to have a starting position in Santos' squad.
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