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Cristiano Ronaldo: Portugal captain earns national team recall after UEFA Champions League hat-trick

Posted: 15 March 2019 Time: 16:31

'The best player in the world' has returned to the Portugal national team for the first time since the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Head coach Fernando Santos has called on the 34-year-old for the Euro 2020 qualifiers against Ukraine and Serbia, insisting he is the best player in the world right now.

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As Europe's leading international scorer with 85 goals for Portugal, he is also Portugal's most experienced player with 154 caps.

"Cristiano is the best player in the world who returns to his team," Santos said, as per The Independent. "Any team gets stronger."

This marks the first call-up to the squad for the captain after since Russia 2018 and since he was accused of rape last year - which he has vehemently denied.

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Portugal squad in full:

Goalkeepers: Beto, Jose Sa, Rui Patricio

Defenders: Joao Cancelo, Jose Fonte, Nelson Semedo, Ruben Dias, Mario Rui, Raphael Guerreiro

Midfielders: Danilo Pereira, Ruben Neves, William Carvalho, Bruno Fernandes, Joao Mario, Joao Moutinho, Pizzi

Forwards: Bernardo Silva, Goncalo Guedes, Rafa, Andre Silva, Cristiano Ronaldo, Diogo Jota, Dyego Sousa, Joao Felix

Ukraine are first up for the Selecao on March 22 with Serbia on March 25 in Lisbon. 

Article by: Staff Reporter
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