Cristiano Ronaldo is in charge of the attack for Portugal’s first match against Ghana at the 2022 World Cup on Thursday early evening at the 974 stadium in Doha, thus playing his fifth World Cup at the age of 37.
The megastar has been without a club since his contract with Manchester United ended, by mutual agreement, two days from Portugal’s entry at the Qatari World Cup. European champion in 2016 with Portugal, Ronaldo can become the first player in the history of the World Cup to score at least one goal in five different editions of the planetary tournament, having scored a goal in 2006, one in 2010, one in 2014 and four in 2018. Behind Ronaldo, coach Fernando Santos preferred Atlético Madrid winger Joao Felix, dispensing with Leao’s services for the start of the match.
In defense, Pepe is insufficiently recovered from a left knee injury and is replaced by Danilo, central defender of Paris SG. Finally Raphaël Guerreiro was preferred to another Paris SG player, Nuno Mendes, who remained in care at the start of the week. On the Ghana side, André Ayew will be the captain, forming with Inaki Williams the attacking duo against Portugal.
Portugal: Costa – Cancelo, Danilo, Dias, Guerreiro – Neves, Otavio – Bernardo Silva, Bruno Fernandes, Joao Felix – Ronaldo (cap.)
Ghana: Ati-Zigi – Seidu, Djiku, Salisu, Amartey, Rahman – Abdul Samed, Partey – Kudus – A. Ayew (cap.), Williams