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Ronaldo returns to Portugal squad since world Cup

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Ronaldo returns to Portugal squad since world Cup

Cristiano Ronaldo has been recalled by the Portuguese national squad on Friday for the first time since his last international appearance at 2018 World Cup in Russia.

The 34-year-old, who is Portugal’s most capped player with 154 appearances and all-time leading scorer with 85 goals, has been featured in the team line-up ahead of Euro 2020 qualifiers against Ukraine and Serbia.

Coach Fernando Santos who had initially rested Ronaldo after he made his move from Real Madrid, claimed he had been ambiguous about the player’s future when questioned in November.

Without Ronaldo, Portugal National squad continued to flourish as they won their Nations League group against Poland and Italy with a game to spare to qualify for the final four-team tournament which the country will host in June.

However, any doubts about his future were removed when Ronaldo’s name was among 25 read by Santos during a news conference for the Euro 2020 qualifiers against Ukraine and Serbia.

“Cristiano is the best player in the world and is returning to his team,” said Santos. “Any team is stronger with him.”

Portugal host Serbia in Lisbon on March 22 and Ukraine three days later.