Friday, 2 December, 2022

Ronaldo leads Portugal squad searching for first World Cup

Cristiano Ronaldo will lead Portugal into the World Cup after Fernando Santos named the veteran forward in his 26-man squad on Thursday.

The Manchester United striker, 37, has not been first choice for his club this season but will be part of his country's bid to win the tournament for the first time in their history.

Ronaldo, the captain and all-time leading scorer in men's international football with 117 goals, has plenty of younger team-mates in support in attack, including Atletico Madrid's Joao Felix and AC Milan's Rafael Leao.

Ronaldo will go to his fifth World Cup, having played for his country in every edition of the tournament from 2006 onwards.

Liverpool striker Diogo Jota misses out because of a calf injury.

Portugal open their World Cup campaign in Group H against Ghana on November 24, before facing Uruguay on November 28 and South Korea on December 2.

Portugal squad:

Goalkeepers: Diogo Costa, Rui Patricio and Jose Sa

Defenders: Diogo Dalot, Joao Cancelo, Danilo Pereira, Pepe, Ruben Dias, Antonio Silva, Nuno Mendes and Raphael Guerreiro

Midfielders: Ruben Neves, Joao Palhinha, William Carvalho, Bruno Fernandes, Vitinha, Otavio, Joao Mario, Matheus Nunes and Bernardo Silva

Forwards: Rafael Leao, Joao Felix, Ricardo Horta, Goncalo Ramos, Cristiano Ronaldo and Andre Silva.