Euro 2024: Jose Mourinho Passes Cristiano Ronaldo Verdict, Issues Scathing Prediction

Euro 2024: Jose Mourinho Passes Cristiano Ronaldo Verdict, Issues Scathing Prediction

Martin Moses
updated at June 9, 2024 at 8:51 AM
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  • Jose Mourinho expects Cristiano Ronaldo to be impactful for Portugal at the 2024 European championships in Germany
  • Ronaldo is fresh from a stellar goalscoring campaign with Al-Nassr and will be hopeful of winning a third major title for his country
  • Mourinho was, however, dismissive of the reigning champions Italy as he named his favourites for the month-long competition in Germany

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Jose Mourinho has passed his assessment on Cristiano Ronaldo's significance to the Portugal national team ahead of the 2024 Euro championships.

At 39 years of age, Ronaldo has shown no signs of slowing down as he gears up to lead his country in an 11th major tournament.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Pepe, Jose Mourinho, Portugal, Italy, Euro 2024.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Pepe during a Portugal warm-up session at Estadio do Jamor on June 8, 2024. Photo by Gualter Fatia.
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Mourinho's verdict on Ronaldo at Euro 2024

There have been calls for the five-time Ballon d'Or winner to step aside and give the upcoming players a chance, but Mourinho believes that the forward is still important to the team.

"Cristiano is the one who knows how he feels, what his goals are, how the coach wants to use him. He has a lot of influence, and he will score his goals. I don’t believe he will leave the European Championship without goals," he said, as quoted by the Mirror.

Roberto Martinez's side were drawn into Group F where they will play Turkey, Georgia and the Czech Republic.

Jose Mourinho names his Euro 2024 favourites

The newly-appointed Fenerbahçe manager has downplayed Italy's chances of retaining the title, tearing into their lack of quality players.

"It’s not a very talented generation. I can’t see enough talent to win. They won the last one, but I don’t believe in a second time."

The former AS Roma boss believes that Portugal, England, France, the hosts Germany, and Spain are the favourites to win the competition, which starts on June 14.

Young players to watch out for at Euro 2024

Sports Brief has also reported on the youngsters to watch out for at Euro 2024.

The competition is expected to provide a platform for the upcoming players to show what they are made of as they try to win silverware for their nations.

Germany's Florian Wirtz, England's Cole Palmer, and Spain's Lamine Yamal join Ballon d'Or candidate Jude Bellingham on our watchlist.

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