Portugal boss adamant over Cristiano Ronaldo call-up
Prior to Manchester United’s match with Sheriff kicking off, Portugal’s squad for the upcoming international matches was named.
Record international goalscorer Cristiano Ronaldo was selected, unsurprisingly, despite a lack of goals at club level up until this point.
Portugal manager Fernando Santos is not concerned, and says the superstar remains integral to his plans ahead of the World Cup.
Ronaldo, 37, is set to play in his fifth consecutive World Cup at Qatar 2022.
Portugal boss discusses Ronaldo call-up
Speaking to Portuguese newspaper O Jogo, Fernando Santos says he is not concerned by Ronaldo’s recent form.
He said: “I’m not worried. I’ve been following along. Soon he’ll be a starter, against Sheriff.
“With him and with all the others, I have this attention, to understand how they are, if they are playing, if they are going to play, when they are not playing what is happening.
“Nobody doubts that Cristiano Ronaldo continues to be important for the Seleção.”
Prior to the match with Sheriff Tiraspol, Ronaldo had not scored a single goal this season, a statistic he is looking to put right.
The upcoming international fixtures also offer him an opportunity to improve his match fitness and get amongst the goals.
Portugal face Czech Republic and then Spain in the UEFA Nations League later this month.
Ronaldo is joined in the squad by fellow Manchester United stars Bruno Fernandes and Diogo Dalot.