Cristiano Ronaldo leads the Portuguese national team at the World Cup in Qatar. The 37-year-old, who has scored 117 goals in 191 international matches, is contesting his fifth World Cup. Defender Raphael Guerreiro (Borussia Dortmund) and striker Andre Silva (RB Leipzig) are in the Selecao squad from the Bundesliga.
National coach Fernando Santos, who led Portugal to the European Championship title in 2016, did without defender Diogo Leite from Union Berlin, who had made it into the provisional squad. Not injured is Diogo Jota from English runners-up Liverpool FC.
“All the players I’ve nominated are hungry and want to make Portugal world champions, including Ronaldo,” said Santos. Somewhat surprisingly, he did without the former Bayern professional Renato Sanches from Paris St. Germain. The veterans Joao Moutinho (Wolverhampton) and Jose Fonte (Lille) are also absent.
Ronaldo took to Twitter after the nomination. “Ready to raise the name of Portugal once again! Forca Portugal,” wrote the five-time world footballer.
In addition to Ronaldo, the 39-year-old Pepe from FC Porto, Bernardo Silva (Manchester City), Joao Felix (Atletico Madrid), Bruno Fernandes from Manchester United and William Carvalho (Betis Sevilla) are part of the prominent World Cup team. Portugal meet Ghana (24 November), Uruguay (28) and South Korea (2 December) in Qatar in the group stage.
Portugal’s World Cup squad:
Goal: Diogo Costa (FC Porto), Rui Patricio (AS Roma), Jose Sa (Wolverhampton Wanderers)
Defense: Diogo Dalot (Manchester United), Joao Cancelo (Manchester City), Danilo Pereira (Paris St Germain), Pepe (FC Porto), Ruben Dias (Manchester City), Antonio Silva (Benfica), Nuno Mendes (Paris St Germain). ), Raphael Guerreiro (Borussia Dortmund)
Midfield: Joao Palhinha (Fulham FC), Ruben Neves (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Bernardo Silva (Manchester City), Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United), Joao Mario (Benfica), Matheus Nunes (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Otavio Monteiro (FC Porto), Vitinha (Paris St Germain), William Carvalho (Betis Seville)
Attack: Andre Silva (RB Leipzig), Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United), Goncalo Ramos (Benfica), Joao Felix (Atletico Madrid), Rafael Leao (AC Milan), Ricardo Horta (SC Braga)