- The Former Belgium coach took over the Portuguese national team after the World Cup
- He replaced Fernando Santos who guided the nation to a Euro 2016 victory
- His first point of duty was having a meeting with Cristiano Ronaldo
It is questionable what informed the decision of the Portuguese FA to hire former Belgium head coach Roberto Martinez who left his role after the World Cup to replace Fernando Santos, who was sacked.
The Spaniard took charge of Belgium's golden generation for six years; took them to three major tournaments, and their best outing was a third-place finish at Russia's 2018 FIFA World Cup. Many fans believe he wasted their golden era.
Fernando Santos was relieved of his duties after Portugal were eliminated in the quarterfinals of the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup by Morocco despite being their best manager in history.
The 68-year-old led his country to their first-ever trophy, Euro 2016, beating France 1-0 in the finals and also won the 2018/19 UEFA Nations League, beating the Netherlands in the finals.
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Martinez lays demands to Ronaldo
There were rumours Jose Mourinho could take over his country's national team before Roberto Martinez was hired shortly after leaving the Belgium national team job, as reported by ESPN.
The former Everton boss travelled to Saudi Arabia to meet Cristiano Ronaldo, who plays for Al-Nassr and laid out his plans and demands to the 38-year-old, as reported by Sun UK.
The boss demanded that Ronaldo help the country win Euro 2024, scheduled to be held in Germany, and it is reported that a stipulation in his contract would see the former Wigan boss' wages reduced if he does not reach the semifinals.
“Cristiano is a player who is completely committed to the national team. I don't look at age or other aspects. He has the chance to help the team and pass on his experience to other players,” Martinez said
talkSPORT reports that Ronaldo could become the most capped international player if he is thrown into action in the games against Liechtenstein and Luxembourg.
Ronaldo set sights on record
Sports Brief reported that Ronaldo is looking forward to setting a new appearance record as the most-capped international player of all time when he takes to the pitch for Portugal for the first time under Roberto Martinez.
Speaking from the Portugal camp, he said records make him proud, and he would love to achieve it and also expressed his determination to continue playing for his country as much as possible.