Ronaldo Charges Portugal Teammates For Glory After Fernando Santos Names World Cup Squad

Ronaldo Charges Portugal Teammates For Glory After Fernando Santos Names World Cup Squad

Lukman Mumuni
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:16 PM
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  • Portugal manager Fernando Santos has named his final 26-man squad for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar
  • The team, led by Manchester United forward Cristiano Ronaldo, will face Ghana, Uruguay and South Korea in Group H
  • Ronaldo has set sights on winning the tournament for the first time as he makes his fifth appearance at the World Cup

Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo has backed his team for success in Qatar, after manager Fernando Santos named a strong 26-man squad for the World Cup.

The Manchester United forward is making a fifth appearance at the global showpiece as Portugal chase their first-ever triumph at the world stage.

Although Ronaldo could be playing at his last World Cup in Qatar, the five-time Ballon d'Or winner will be hoping to crown his career with the ultimate prize.

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Ronaldo has charged his Portugal teammates to go for the ultimate in Qatar. Credit: @FIFAcom @Cristiano
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"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!" wrote Ronaldo on Twitter.

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Portugal have been drawn in a tough group, which has inaugural winner Uruguay, African giants Ghana and a strong South Korea.

The 2016 European champions open their tournament ambitions with a clash against Ghana on November 24.

Ronaldo leads 26-man Portugal squad

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Cristiano Ronaldo will lead Portugal into World Cup 2022, following Fernando Santos naming the veteran forward in his 26-man squad on Thursday.

The 37-year-old Manchester United striker has not been first choice for his club this season, but will be part of his country's bid to win the tournament for the first time in their history.

Ronaldo, the captain and all-time leading goal scorer in men's international football with 117, has plenty of younger teammates in support in attack, including Atletico Madrid's Joao Felix and AC Milan's Rafael Leao.

Could Osimhen replace Cristiano Ronaldo?

Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag has reportedly identified Victor Osimhen, the Napoli forward, as the perfect replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo.

Ronaldo has entered into the final months of his two-year contract with the Red Devils, penned after his reunion with the club during the summer of 2021.

United are not likely to trigger CR7's one-year contract extension clause, with the striker struggling to make an impact for the team this season.

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Lukman Abdul Mumin is a Sports Journalist based in Accra, Ghana. He has been writing for the past five years. Lukman joined Sports Brief as an Editor for the Local Desk in 2022.