Cristiano Ronaldo will jump to fourth place on the list of all-time international matches if he is featured in Portugal’s friendly clash with Qatar tonight. He will overtake former Real Madrid teammate Sergio Ramos, who has played 180 international matches for the Spanish team.
Portugal coach Fernando Santos said he is considering using the attacker in the match, but it has nothing to do with that record. The strategist commented:
“The fact that you are considering using it [Cristiano Ronaldo] against Qatar it has nothing to do with reaching this or that record. You will achieve this record anyway, right? He would not reach it only in the event of a misfortune capable of preventing him from playing. Otherwise, you will break this record. “
The 66-year-old manager added:
“So it has nothing to do with tomorrow (Saturday). And he is not worried about this record. However, the point about Cristiano that I should mention is that he will definitely take part in the match because Cristiano needs to play. He needs a few minutes on him. pitch. It will be very important for him at this time. “
Fernando Santos also confirmed that two of Portugal’s brightest talents, Rafael Leao and Matheus Nunes, will also be involved in the game.
“Like I said, they [Rafael Leao and Matheus Nunes] they have a bright future ahead of them. Now we want to see them improve here in the national team. “
“And that’s in training and during games. They will definitely have the opportunity to play tomorrow. Either starting the game or coming in as a substitute against Qatar. They will have this opportunity.”
Cristiano Ronaldo remains strong at club and international level
Despite being 36, Cristiano Ronaldo shows no signs of slowing down. The attacker was a huge revelation at this summer’s Euro Cup, scoring five goals for Portugal and finishing as the tournament’s top scorer.
Shortly after that, CR7 landed a surprising transfer to Manchester United. He’s already gotten off to a brilliant start in life in his second season with the Red Devils. So far this season, the forward has registered five goals in six Champions League and Premier League appearances.