World Cup 2022
For the second time in a row, Portugal’s World Cup 2022 destiny is inextricably linked to Cristiano Ronaldo.
- 7 previous appearances in the World Cup 2022
- 0 titles
- Semi-finals are the best finish (1966, 2006)
- W14 D6 L10 in the World Cup
- 49 goals have been scored.
- 7-0 is the biggest victory (North Korea 2010)
- Cristiano Ronaldo is a player to keep an eye on.
- Currently ranked ninth
- Ghana (November 24), Uruguay (November 28), and South Korea are the scheduled opponents (December 2)
Cristiano Ronaldo is connected with the Portugal football team. As a result, the narrative surrounding the country’s next World Cup 2022 campaign is framed by the notion that it is his last appearance on this stage, his final opportunity to win Portugal its first World Cup 2022.
Only a few teams in the world are as unpredictable as Portugal.
They’ve reached the Euro semi-finals (2012), won their first major prize (Euro 2016), and won the inaugural Nations League championship in 2019. It’s undoubtedly the best period in Portuguese football, but they’ve been dismal in the World Cup 2022 since.
Portugal has not reached the quarterfinals since 2006. They were eliminated in the group rounds in 2014. They were ousted in the round of 16 four years later. They have only won three matches in the last three World Cup 2022. Ronaldo has yet to score in the World Cup knockout rounds.
Who are the members of their group?
The Seleço das Quinas is the highest-ranked squad in their group, which also includes South Korea, Uruguay, and Ghana, and is projected to win at the World Cup 2022. The encounter against Uruguay, the squad that eliminated them from Russia 2018, will be the highlight. One of the country’s three World Cup 2022 victories in the last three years came against Ghana, who was in Portugal’s group in Brazil 2014.
Form and qualification
Portugal was relegated to the World Cup 2022 playoffs after losing to Serbia in their last qualifier. They kept their nerve against Turkey and then North Macedonia. They’ve become experts in these high-stakes games, having qualified for the World Cup 2022 in the playoffs for the third time in a row.
“I can’t be more precise than that; the best is yet to come.” “The best is yet to come, and it will come this year,” manager Federico Santos predicted following their September victory against the Czech Republic.
The Ronaldo Effect
Ronaldo is no longer the powerhouse he once was at the age of 37. Despite scoring 24 goals for Manchester United last season, Portugal’s all-time leading scorer has found himself on the bench this season. While Santos is unconcerned by Ronaldo’s recent struggles and has promised him of a starting spot, his participation is a major source of dispute among Portuguese supporters.
Ronaldo has five goals in his past ten Portugal games. All five goals were scored in two games. The issue regarding Ronaldo, as it is at United, is that by including him in the starting lineup, the squad loses its balance. Furthermore, with players such as Bernado Silva, Joo Félix, Rafael Leo, and Bruno Fernandes, Portugal has plenty of offensive alternatives at the World Cup.
Portugal’s destiny at the World Cup 202 is once again inextricably linked to Cristiano Ronaldo. Except that this time it’s not in the manner we’d expect.
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