Cristiano Ronaldo has taken to social media ahead of Portugal’s crucial 2022 World Cup qualifying play-off against Turkey as his nation’s hopes of progressing to the finals are at stake
the Manchester United became superstar recently FIFA all-time record goalscorer with a stunning hat-trick in the Red Devils’ 3-2 Premier League win above Tottenham, and he hopes to contribute to the balance sheet in the coming days. However, Portugal faces quite a challenge World Championship Hopes hang dangerously in the balance.
After missing out on automatic qualification for Qatar controversially pushed to the top of Group A by SerbiaPortugal must negotiate two tricky play-offs to ensure Ronaldo reaches what may be his last World Cup. Euro 2016 winners Turkey has to overcome first He may need to beat current European champions Italy to secure qualification.
Ahead of Portugal’s clash with Turkey in Porto on Thursday, Ronaldo sent a defiant message, declaring that his nation “will fight to bring Portugal to our rightful place”. In a passionate Instagram Post, the 37-year-old wrote: “Total focus on the 2022 World Cup.
“Proud as always to represent Portugal. We know the road will not be easy, we have the utmost respect for the opponents we face who have the same goals as us. But together we will fight to make Portugal to make ours.” rightful place. Let’s do that.”
However, Portugal must do so without a number of their older men. Both Joao Cancelo and Renato Sanches will miss the game against Turkey after receiving suspensions and they have been joined by another four high-profile names on the absentee list.
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Ruben Dias and Nelson Semedo are still recovering from layoffs while Ruben Neves suffered a knock-in wolves ‘ dramatic defeat too leeds on Friday. Things have taken a turn for the worse for Portugal following news that veteran defender Pepe has also contracted the virus Covid-19.
It’s expected some of those names, including Pepe, could be in contention for next week’s final qualifying play-off should Portugal defeat Turkey. A delicious encounter with European Champion 2020 Italy could possibly wait should Roberto Mancini’s men pass North Macedonia in Palermo on Thursday.
Despite Portugal being forced to field an exhausted squad, Ronaldo, who scored six goals in the group stage – more than any of his compatriots – is clearly motivated. With seven goals in four tournaments, the legendary No. 7 is Portugal’s second-highest goalscorer in World Cup history – behind the legendary Eusebio, who scored nine goals.
Should Ronaldo qualify for the Qatar tournament scheduled for late November, he would join an exclusive club of players who have competed in five different World Cups – alongside Lothar Matthäus, Rafael Marquez and Antonio Carbajal.
Ahead of Thursday’s clash with Turkey, Portugal coach Fernando Santos underscored the importance of the coming week, calling it “the most important challenge” of his eight-year reign, despite having won the 2016 EURO and reached the last 16 at the 2018 World Cup. Santos explained: “It’s simple: we have to win, everything else doesn’t count.
“It’s the most important challenge I’ve had as Portugal coach. Not the hardest, the most important. We have to be there for our people at the World Cup. Tickets sold out in minutes more than a month ago. Our fans will be.” an important factor and we cannot let them down.”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/ronaldo-message-world-cup-portugal-26524725 Man Utd's Cristiano Ronaldo sends defiant message with World Cup dream in limbo