Portugal Legend Cristiano Ronaldo was expected to retire after the team was knocked out of the FIFA World Cup 2022. The team reached the quarterfinal of the tournament, losing to first-time semifinalists, Morrocco. In the tournament, he was dropped for the Round of 16 and the last eight games. Even though the team win the Round of 16 game, they lost the last-eight encounter.
It was deemed as the end of Ronaldo’s legacy. However, the 38-year-old was brought by Al Nassr in the Saudi League. On the other hand, he is willing to play for the national side in the Euro Cup 2024 qualifier against Liechtenstein and Luxembourg. What points towards Ronaldo’s inclusion is the appointment of Portugal’s new head coach Roberto Martinez. He replaces Fernando Santos, who sidelined Ronaldo at the World Cup in Qatar.
The 38-year-old’s good terms with new manager Martinez has meant that he can extend his international career. As per a report by Correio da Manha, Ronaldo is in no mood to retire from Portugal national football team anytime soon. If the report is to be believed, CR7 is focusing on UEFA Euro 2024 and will consider retirement only after the tournament.
Portugal are in Group J of the UEFA Euro 2023-24 qualifiers alongside Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg and Slovakia. Portugal will take on Liechtenstein first on march 24 (IST) and then Luxembourg on March 27 (IST).