Cristiano Ronaldo may not want to accept it, but opinions are changing as to what he can offer club and country.
The 37-year-old wanted to leave Manchester United this summer to play Champions League football.
However, no concrete offer was ever submitted and he had to settle for playing Europa League football with the Red Devils.
That’s even if he can step onto the pitch under new boss Erik ten Hag. The Dutchman wasn’t afraid to put the superstar forward.
The feeling was that he couldn’t fit into the system Ten Hag wanted to play and even though he could score goals, it hurt the overall cohesion of the team.
For Portugal, he has been an imperious presence since his debut in 2003, 19 years ago.
He has played 190 times and holds the record for most international goals with 117.
Ronaldo inspired his country to glory in the European Championship in 2016 and the UEFA Nations League in 2019.
He is undoubtedly one of the best players to play in international football, but there are growing calls for him to be removed from the starting XI.
One of the country’s biggest publications, A Bola, had the headline: ‘Menos Ronaldo, mais Portugal’, which translates to ‘less Ronaldo, more Portugal’.
He will surely be included in the Portuguese World Cup squad for Qatar and he still wants to be involved in the 2024 European Championship.
“I hope to be part of the Federation for a few more years,” said Ronaldo. “I always feel motivated; my ambition is great. I am in a team with young people. I want to be part of this World Cup and of Europe too; I’m going to assume right away.
Portugal will face Spain on Tuesday evening and we will find out if they will indeed be eliminated.
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