Cristiano Ronaldo information: Juventus star again in Portugal squad for first time since World Cup
The Juventus star decided to leave the UEFA Nations League in the second half of 2018, but is back for his country’s European Championship qualification
Cristiano Ronaldo has returned to the Portuguese squad for the first time since the 2018 World Cup.
The Juventus star missed the entire season of the Portuguese Nations League after missing the round of 16 since losing to Uruguay in Russia.
In total, Ronaldo missed six caps for his country, but Portugal did well enough to win their Nations League group to reach the final of the tournament on home soil.
There they will meet Switzerland on June 5th in Porto. The winner of this game meets the winner of the Dutch fight against England four days later in the tournament finals.
Before that, Portugal will have to deal with qualifying for Euro 2020 in the coming international window, as they face Ukraine at home before they also host Serbia.
They will face Ukraine on March 22nd in Lisbon before Serbia visits the Estadio de Luz on March 25th.
Ronaldo as part of Fernando Santos’ team includes a number of high profile stars including Bernardo Silva, Goncalo Guedes and Joao Cancelo.
Ronaldo and Cancelo have led Juventus to the quarter-finals of the Champions League, where they will face Ajax while also leading Serie A with a total of 18 points.
Silva’s Manchester City led the Premier League in a close battle against Liverpool and have also sealed a quarter-final against Premier League rivals Tottenham.
Veterans Pepe and Jose Fonte lead the defense, which includes Barcelona’s Nelson Semedo, Borussia Dortmund’s Raphael Guerreiro and Napoli’s Mario Rui.
Portugal squad in full:
Goalkeeper: Rui Patricio, Beto, Jose Sa.
Defender: Joao Cancelo, Nelson Semedo, Jose Fonte, Pepe, Ruben Dias, Raphael Guerrero, Mario Rui
Midfield player: Danilo Pereira, Ruben Neves, William Carvalho, Bruno Fernandes, Joao Mario, Joa Moutinho, Pizzi
Forward: Bernardo Silva, Joao Felix, Goncalo Guedes, Rafa Silva, Andre Silva, Cristiano Ronaldo, Diogo Jota and Dyego Sousa