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Cristiano Ronaldo is “ready to raise the name of Portugal high” as he will lead his national side at the 2022 FIFA World Cup. The 37-year-old forward will play in his fifth World Cup.
Cristiano Ronaldo will lead Portugal at 2022 World Cup. (Reuters Photo)
By India Today Web Desk: Veteran forward Cristiano Ronaldo is “ready to raise the name of Portugal high” as he will lead his national side at the 2022 FIFA World Cup, beginning November 20.
The 37-year-old Ronaldo will play in his fifth FIFA World Cup when Portugal begin its campaign against Ghana on November 24 in Qatar.
“Once again, ready to raise the name of Portugal high! There are 26 names on Mister Fernando Santos’ list, but we are all summoned! Power Portugal!” Ronaldo tweeted.
Portugal manager Fernando Santos has included uncapped 19-year-old centre back Antonio Silva and the 21-year-old striker Goncalo Ramos, who is the top scorer in the Portuguese top flight.
Silva became one of Europe’s breakout players this season after forcing his way into Benfica’s starting team following the injuries to Morato and Lucas Verissimo.
Meanwhile, in-form Ramos helped Benfica quickly forget former forward Darwin Nunez, who joined Liverpool in the close season, by scoring 12 goals in all competitions.
Portugal’s FIFA World Cup squad:
Goalkeepers: Diogo Costa (FC Porto), Jose Sa (Wolverhampton Wanderers FC), Rui Patricio (AS Roma).
Defenders: Diogo Dalot (Manchester United), Joao Cancelo (Manchester City), Danilo Pereira (Paris St Germain), Pepe (FC Porto), Ruben Dias (Manchester City), Antonio Silva (SL Benfica), Nuno Mendes (Paris St Germain), Raphael Guerreiro (Borussia Dortmund).
Midfielders: Joao Palhinha (Fulham FC), Ruben Neves (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Bernardo Silva (Manchester City), Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United), Joao Mario (SL Benfica), Matheus Nunes (Wolverhampton Wanderers FC), Vitinha (Paris St Germain), William Carvalho (Real Betis), Otavio (FC Porto).
Forwards: Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United), Joao Felix (Atletico Madrid), Rafael Leao (AC Milan), Ricardo Horta (SC Braga), Goncalo Ramos (SL Benfica), Andre Silva (RB Leipzig).