On Monday, Ronaldo was pictured jetting off for vacation. So will he join Portugal’s squad for the Confederations Cup in less than 2 weeks’ time?
The answer is, “certainly yes”! Cristiano will lead Portugal on another challenge in their first group game against Mexico on June 18 with his sights set on completing 2017 in delight. The national team captain is targeting more laurels with Portugal after having an excellent season with Real Madrid in which they won the Spanish La Liga and UEFA Champions League. The European champions are ready for another title campaign as the FIFA Confederations Cup tournament starts on June 17 in Russia.
With a brace, the Portuguese star guided Real Madrid to their twelfth UEFA Champions League triumph against Italian side Juventus in a 4-1 win thereby grabbing his third Champions League medal with the club.
One past Buffon… Ronaldo makes it 3-1 as Real Madrid cruised to another Champions League triumph
Portugal coach Fernando Santos named his 24 man squad on May 25 and included the captain despite calls for Ronaldo to be rested due to injury scare and the need for a better pre-season with Real Madrid next year. The inclusion of the star man has further boosted ticket sales as organizers were concerned with the low interest the tournament would have suffered after World Cup holders Germany earlier left a bulk of their regular team players out of the squad.
He leads Portugal’s attack with FC Porto’s Andre Silva, AS Monaco playmaker Bernardo Silva, Gelson Martins of Sporting CP and former Manchester United teammate Nani.
The Seleccao started camping at Oeiras on May 29 and further stepped up momentum with a 4-0 friendly win over Cyprus on the same day Real Madrid were busy with Champions League duties in Cardiff. Ronaldo will also miss the World Cup 2018 qualifier against Latvia on June 9.
Terminou! Portugal 4-0 Chipre. pic.twitter.com/bqNgzPcTTK
— Portugal (@selecaoportugal) June 3, 2017
Portugal’s 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup squad in full
Goalkeepers: Beto, Rui Patricio, Jose Sa
Defenders: Raphael Guerreiro, Bruno Alves, Cedric, Eliseu, Jose Fonte, Nelson Semedo, Pepe, Luis Neto
Midfielders: Pizzi, Adrien Silva, Danilo Pereira, Joao Mario, Joao Moutinho, Andre Gomes and William Carvalho
Forwards: Bernardo Silva, Ricardo Quaresma, Cristiano Ronaldo, Andre Silva, Gelson Martins and Nani
Ronaldo, along with teammate Pepe, will not be joining their colleagues until later. This comes after coach Fernando Santos revealed that he prefers resting his key men for some days, following a tiring season.
Cristiano and Pepe after winning EURO 2016 against France
Portugal is placed in group A along with hosts Russia, Mexico, and New Zealand. Let’s see what the boss has in store for his fans on his return to Portugal’s camp. Until then, let him enjoy his time off.