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‘Most accomplished players’ – Luis Enrique advises Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal for World Cup as he stuns Spanish media

LUIS ENRIQUE has admitted he thinks his Portuguese rivals have a BETTER squad than his own Spanish team.

Enrique, 52, takes his side to this winter’s World Cup in Qatar as one of the tournament favourites.


Luis Enrique admitted his Portuguese rivals ‘had better players than Spain’ ahead of the World CupCredit: EPA

But despite this, he bizarrely claims that their Iberian neighbors have a better chance of winning.

The former Barcelona boss said: “When it comes to Spain today, Portugal have better players than Spain.

“Starting players in the Premier League, La Liga and other leagues. It exports a lot of players, it’s very interesting.

“I hope both teams will triumph in the World Cup.”

The Spain squad contains some of the world’s most incredible young stars such as Pedri, Gavi and Ansu Fati and world beaters like Sergio Busquets, Cesar Azpilicueta, Pau Torres and Unai Simon.

And they must beat Portugal on Tuesday night to qualify for the Nations League final.

Portuguese fans are calling for Cristiano Ronaldo to be removed from the starting XI for the clash.

The 37-year-old has been criticized by Portuguese media and national team fans due to recent poor performances.


Ronaldo started their 4-0 win over the Czech Republic on Saturday but didn’t score.

Instead, he suffered a nasty facial injury and inflicted a penalty trying to shield his bloody nose.

With Portugal trailing 2-0, Ron gave the hosts the perfect opportunity to get back into the game from the spot.

He conceded the pen for a handball when he looked clear-headed.


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