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Cristiano Ronaldo Eyes New Euro Record in Portugal’s Euro 2024 Squad, But…

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Cristiano Ronaldo is on track to set a new Euro record after being included in Portugal’s 26-man squad for Euro 2024, announced on Tuesday by coach Roberto Martinez.

The 39-year-old, a five-time Ballon d’Or winner, will be participating in his 11th major international tournament. He made his debut at Euro 2004 and will be making a record sixth appearance at the men’s continental championship. Despite being injured and going off after 25 minutes in the final, he secured a winner’s medal in France in 2016.

Ronaldo, who currently plays for Al Nassr in Saudi Arabia, already holds the men’s world record for both caps (206) and international goals (128). He was crucial to Portugal’s flawless qualifying campaign, scoring 10 goals in nine appearances as they won all 10 of their qualifying matches, scoring 36 goals and conceding only two.

Praising “a player who has scored 42 goals in 41 matches for his club”, Martinez said he felt that the striker continued to offer “a quality in front of goal that we really appreciate and need”.

However, the former Manchester United star will not feature in the squad.

Meanwhile, Pepe, 41, his former Real Madrid team-mate now playing for Porto, has also been called up because of his “important role in the dressing room”, said Martinez.

Before facing the Czech Republic, Turkey, and Georgia in Group F of the Euro from 14 June to 14 July in Germany, the Selecao will play warm-up matches against Finland, Croatia, and Ireland.

In attack alongside Ronaldo, Martinez has chosen strikers Rafael Leao, Joao Felix, and Goncalo Ramos, as well as Pedro Neto and Francisco Conceicao.

The creative midfielders include Bernardo Silva, who recently won an English title with Manchester City, and Bruno Fernandes of Manchester United.

Squad:
Goalkeepers: Diogo Costa (Porto), Rui Patricio Roma/ITA), Jose Sa (Wolves/ENG)

Defenders: Joao Cancelo (Barcelona/ESP), Nelson Semedo (Wolves/ENG), Diogo Dalot (Manchester United/ENG), Nuno Mendes (Paris Saint-Germain/FRA), Ruben Dias (Manchester City/ENG), Antonio Silva (Benfica), Goncalo Inacio (Sporting), Pepe (Porto), Danilo Pereira (Paris Saint-Germain/FRA)

Midfielders: Joao Palhinha (Fulham/ENG), Ruben Neves (Al-Hilal/KSA), Joao Neves (Benfica), Vitinha (Paris Saint-Germain/FRA), Otavio Monteiro (Al Nassr/KSA), Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United/ENG), Bernardo Silva (Manchester City/ENG)

Forwards: Cristiano Ronaldo (Al Nassr/KSA), Rafael Leao (AC Milan/ITA), Joao Felix (FC Barcelona/ESP), Goncalo Ramos (Paris SG/FRA), Diogo Jota (Liverpool/ENG), Pedro Neto (Wolves/ENG), Francisco Conceicao (Porto)

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