Cristiano Ronaldo well present in the Portugal group
Cristiano Ronaldo is on the first list, unveiled on Friday, of new Portugal coach Roberto Martinez for the qualifying matches for Euro-2024 against Liechtenstein and Luxembourg.
The 38-year-old, who now plays for Al Nassr, Saudi Arabia,is very important for the team“, underlined the coach, during a press conference during which he unveiled a list of 26 players.
“I don’t look at age“, said Martinez, specifying that this list was important since constituting “the starting pointof the campaign to lead to the Euro.
Seven players from the Portuguese league
During his long career with Portugal – he is co-holder of the absolute record of selections (196) -, which began in August 2003, “CR7“has played in all international competitions since Euro-2004. He is also the world record holder for the number of goals in selection (118).
Roberto Martinez also relies on the good performance of Portuguese clubs in the European Cup with 7 players from the Portuguese league. with Portugal will face Liechtenstein on March 23 in Lisbon and then travel to Luxembourg on March 26.
The list of 26 players :
Goalkeepers : Diogo Costa (FC Porto), Jose Sa (Wolverhampton), Rui Patricio (AS Roma)
Defenders : Diogo Dalot (Manchester United), Joao Cancelo (Manchester City), Danilo Pereira (Paris Saint-Germain), Pepe (FC Porto), Ruben Dias (Manchester City), Antonio Silva (Benfica), Gonçalo Inacio (Sporting Portugal), Diogo Leite (Union Berlin), Nuno Mendes (Paris Saint-Germain), Raphael Guerreiro (Dortmund).
Environments : Joao Palhinha (Fulham), Ruben Neves (Wolverhampton), Bernardo Silva (Manchester City), Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United), Joao Mario (Benfica), Matheus Nunes (Wolverhampton), Otavio Monteiro (FC Porto), Vitinha (Paris Saint -Germain).
Attackers : Cristiano Ronaldo (Al Nassr), Gonçalo Ramos (Benfica), Joao Félix (Chelsea), Rafael Leao (AC Milan), Diogo Jota (Liverpool).