Ronaldo Back In Portugal Squad For Euro 2020 Qualifiers

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Portugal coach, Fernando Santos, has included Cristiano Ronaldo in his 23-man squad for the upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers after his nine months absence.

The European champions are set to begin the defence of their title against Ukraine and Serbia. The former Real Madrid star has scored 85 international goals in 154 appearances.

He was rested for the last six Portugal games to settled at his new club Juventus, where he has again proven his world class status.

He helped the club into the quarter-finals of the Champions League on Tuesday, after scoring a hat trick against Atletico Madrid.

 “After the World Cup I needed a break to settle in at Juventus,” he said after the Atletico win.

“In the coming matches I hope to bring my contribution to the national side. I also miss that,” Ronaldo told DAZN.

In his absence, the Portuguese national team finished top of their Nations League group ahead of Italy and Poland, qualifying for the inaugural final four tournament to be held in their home soil in June.

Ronaldo, a five-time world player of the year, contributed to his country’s triumph at Euro 2016 in France. He also helped Portugal to the second round of the 2018 World Cup in Russia, where they were eliminated by Uruguay.

The Euro 2004 finalists will host Ukraine in their opening Euro 2020 qualifier next Friday, before facing Serbia three days later.

 

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