Euro 2024: Cristiano Ronaldo Reacts After Making Portugal Squad Ahead of Record Appearance

Euro 2024: Cristiano Ronaldo Reacts After Making Portugal Squad Ahead of Record Appearance

Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe
May 21, 2024 at 3:52 PM
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  • Cristiano Ronaldo has been named in Portugal's squad for Euro 2024
  • The Al-Nassr star will be making his sixth appearance at the tourney
  • Portugal is in Group F alongside Turkey, Georgia and Czech Republic

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Cristiano Ronaldo will play in a record sixth European Championship after being named in Portugal's squad for this summer's tournament in Germany.

The 39-year-old, who currently plays for Al-Nassr in the Saudi Pro League, is one of 26 players selected by coach Roberto Martinez.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal, Al-Nassr, Roberto Martinez, Euro 2024, squad.
Cristiano Ronaldo is likely to set a Euro record, having been named in the Portugal squad for Euro 2024. Photo credit: @selecaoportugal.
Source: Twitter

Ronaldo previously shared the record of five European Championship appearances with his former Real Madrid teammate, Spain's legendary goalkeeper, Iker Casillas.

He made his tournament debut at Euro 2004, where Portugal reached the final on home soil but lost to Greece.

The five-time Ballon d'Or winner led the Selecao to victory at Euro 2016.

Despite his advanced age, the former Manchester United, Real Madrid, and Juventus star has been in outstanding form at club level, scoring 42 goals in 42 games across all competitions, according to Transfermarkt.

Portugal boss explains why he included Ronaldo

Portugal manager Martinez explained his decision to include Ronaldo in the squad during a news conference, praising the veteran forward's goal-scoring prowess.

"Regarding Cristiano, it's better to talk about the data," Martinez said of the Al Nassr forward on Tuesday, as cited by ESPN.
"He is a player who scores 42 goals in 42 games for his club, and this shows his continuity and physical ability to always be fit, in addition to the quality he has in front of goal that we really like and need."

Ronaldo reacts after Euro 2024 call-up

With enthusiasm, Ronaldo took to social media to express his eagerness to represent his nation once again at the Euros.

"Proud to represent Portugal again at the Euros. Let's go with everything!" he wrote on social media in Portuguese, as translated to English.

Ronaldo, Al-Nassr stars showcase new kit

As reported by Sports Brief, a leaked video on social media features Cristiano Ronaldo and several Al-Nassr teammates showcasing the club's new kit for the upcoming 2024–25 season.

In the video circulating on X (formerly Twitter), Ronaldo is seen posing for the cameras during the official photo shoot.

The 39-year-old wasn't the only star modelling the new kit; he was joined by fellow Portuguese compatriot Otavio, former Inter Milan midfielder Marcelo Brozovic, and Saudi forward Abdulrahman Ghareeb.

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Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe is a Ligue 1, Bundesliga, and La Liga editor with five-year experience. He previously worked with Sports Corna and 360SportsGH.