Portugal travel to Qatar for World Cup with Ronaldo: PSG star missing

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WC 2022Ronaldo leads Portugal team – PSG star must stay at home

Co-favourites Portugal also announced their World Cup squad on Thursday. In addition to Ronaldo, coach Santos has eight other Premier League professionals.

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Cristiano Ronaldo is likely to play his last World Cup in Qatar.

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Coach Fernando Santos is taking 26 players to the World Cup.

Coach Fernando Santos is taking 26 players to the World Cup.

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Including Porto's Swiss-born goalkeeper Diogo Costa.

Including Porto’s Swiss-born goalkeeper Diogo Costa.

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It’s about it

  • Portugal have announced their World Cup squad for the tournament in Qatar.

  • The biggest name in the squad is, unsurprisingly, Cristiano Ronaldo.

  • However, PSG professional Renato Sanches is missing.

Superstar Cristiano Ronaldo leads Portugal’s 26-man squad for the World Cup in Qatar. In addition, two Bundesliga professionals joined the team, which was announced by coach Fernando Santos on Thursday. Nine players have been signed in the Premier League, including Manchester City playmaker Bernardo Silva and Manchester United’s Bruno Fernandes.

Former Bayern professional Renato Sanches (PSG) is not included. The absence of veteran star João Moutinho (36) from Wolverhampton Wanderers was also surprising. “Regardless of the names and discussions about whether this or that should be there, I hope that all Portuguese people will support the national team,” said coach Santos. The coach who led Portugal to the European Championship in 2016 gave Seleção fans hope: “I think we can become world champions.”

Portugal will face Ghana, Uruguay and South Korea in Group H in Qatar. In the last two World Cups, the team failed to reach the round of 16. This will almost certainly be Cristiano Ronaldo’s last World Cup.

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