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Portugal Aims for Euro 2024 Glory: Cristiano Ronaldo Leads Star-Studded Squad

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Ronaldo Remains a Force: Martinez Explains Veteran’s Inclusion in Portugal’s Euro 2024 Squad

Portugal manager Roberto Martinez has emphatically defended his decision to include Cristiano Ronaldo in the squad for Euro 2024. At 39 years old, Ronaldo’s inclusion sparked debate, but Martinez pointed to the forward’s impressive form in the Saudi Pro League with Al-Nassr as justification.

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Ronaldo’s Stellar Stats Earn Euro 2024 Call-Up

  • Named in Portugal’s Euro 2024 squad by Roberto Martinez
  • Set to participate in his 11th major international tournament
  • Boasts 206 appearances and 128 goals for Portugal

Martinez Highlights Al-Nassr Star’s Impressive Form

Despite his age, Ronaldo’s red-hot form in Saudi Arabia convinced Martinez of his continued value to the national team.

StatDetail
Goals Scored42 goals in 41 games for Al-Nassr
LeagueSaudi Pro League

“As for Cristiano Ronaldo,” Martinez told reporters, “I think it’s better to talk about statistics. A player who scores 42 goals in 41 games for his club shows continuity, a physical ability to always be fit and quality in front of goal that we really like and need.”

Selection Based on Merit, Not League

Martinez emphasized that player selection is based on performance, not the league they compete in.

“We don’t make choices based on where the players play,” he explained. “We want to create the best team and call the 26 players who make up the best team. We monitor the players’ individual performance and role that they have in the locker room.”

Portugal’s Euro 2024 Squad Boasts Firepower

Ronaldo joins a formidable force in Portugal’s Euro 2024 squad:

PositionPlayerClub
GoalkeepersDiogo CostaPorto
Jose SaWolves
Rui PatricioRoma
DefendersAntonio SilvaBenfica
Danilo PereiraParis St-Germain
Diogo DalotManchester United
Goncalo InacioSporting Lisbon
Joao CanceloBarcelona
Nelson SemedoWolves
Nuno MendesParis St-Germain
PepePorto
Ruben DiasManchester City
MidfieldersBruno FernandesManchester United
Joao NevesBenfica
Joao PalhinhaFulham
Otavio MonteiroAl-Nassr
Ruben NevesAl-Hilal
VitinhaParis St-Germain
ForwardsBernardo SilvaManchester City
Cristiano RonaldoAl-Nassr
Diogo JotaLiverpool
Francisco ConceicaoPorto
Goncalo RamosPSG
Joao FelixBarcelona
Pedro NetoWolves
Rafael LeaoAC Milan

Portugal’s Road to Euro 2024 Glory

Pre-tournament friendlies against Finland, Croatia, and Ireland (June)

Group stage matches against Czech Republic, Turkey, and Georgia (Euro 2024)

With Ronaldo leading the line and a talented supporting cast, Portugal will be aiming to add another major trophy to their collection at Euro 2024.

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