Will Cristiano Ronaldo Continue After Euro 2024 Exit? Portugal Boss Answers Difficult Question

Will Cristiano Ronaldo Continue After Euro 2024 Exit? Portugal Boss Answers Difficult Question

Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe
July 6, 2024 at 9:04 AM
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  • Cristiano Ronaldo's role in the Portugal team has come to the fore after the Selecao were dumped out of Euro 2024 by France on penalties
  • The 39-year-old has already stated that this year's competition will be his last appearance at the European Championship
  • Meanwhile, Portugal boss, Roberto Martinez, will have the unenviable task of either axing or allowing Ronaldo to continue with the national team

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Portugal manager, Roberto Martinez, has tackled the tough question regarding Cristiano Ronaldo's future with the national team following their Euro 2024 exit.

Before the tournament in Germany, Ronaldo's role within the Selecao squad was hotly debated.

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Cristiano Ronaldo holds head in hands during Portugal's quarter-final clash with France on July 5, 2024. Photo by Sebastian Frej/MB Media.
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Given the array of talent available to the 2016 champions, some pundits and fans alike believed that the 39-year-old's presence might be more of a hindrance than a help.

Despite calls to bench the veteran forward, Martinez chose to play Ronaldo in five of their matches.

The Spanish coach's decision to start the five-time Ballon d'Or winner in all three group stage games and the knockout rounds was bold but ultimately did not deliver the desired outcome.

Ronaldo, currently playing for Al-Nassr, uncharacteristically failed to score, missing out on becoming the oldest player to ever net a goal at the championship, per The Analyst.

His performance culminated in Portugal's quarter-final elimination after a 5-3 penalty shootout defeat to France.

Will Ronaldo continue with Portugal after Euro 2024 exit?

Following this loss, there has been a growing chorus for the veteran forward to be excluded from the national team altogether.

The pressure is now on Martinez to decide on Ronaldo's future involvement. When questioned about his plans regarding Ronaldo, the 50-year-old's response was notably non-committal.

“We are suffering as a team. There’s no individual decision at this point,” the erstwhile Belgium manager said, as cited by Fabrizio Romano.

Portugal boss praises Ronaldo and co.

Despite Portugal's exit, coach Roberto Martinez emphasised that his team lost with "pride" against France in the Euro 2024 quarter-finals, promising they would return stronger, as reported by Sports Brief.

He lauded their display in Hamburg, where France avenged their 2016 final defeat with a 5-3 penalty victory following a goalless draw after extra time.

"It was a performance that makes us look to the future with great pride," Martinez remarked.
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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.