Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo is entering the 2022 World Cup in Qatar with many ambitions, especially since it may be his last.
The Portugal captain also seeks to enhance his records and restore his luster, which has faded amid many crises with his club, Manchester United, since the start of the current season.
What made Cristiano Ronaldo with the Portugal national team?
Cristiano Ronaldo has had a long career with Portugal, which began 19 years ago under coach Luiz Felipe Scolari.
Ronaldo played 191 international matches, during which he scored 117 goals, to become the most goal-scoring player with their country’s national teams, breaking the number of Iranian legend Ali Daei.
In the presence of the former Real Madrid and Juventus star, the Portuguese national team knew the taste of glory, by winning Euro 2016 and the first edition of the European Nations League in 2019.
What made Cristiano Ronaldo in the World Cup?
Cristiano Ronaldo is preparing to participate in the World Cup for the fifth time in a row after his first appearance in the World Cup Germany 2006.
The Manchester United star scored 7 goals and provided 2 assists for his teammates in 17 matches with Portugal at the World Cup.
Cristiano Ronaldo also contributed, during his first participation, to Portugal’s fourth place in 2006, but he was eliminated from the second round in 2010 and 2018, and from the first round in 2014.
How did Cristiano Ronaldo contribute to Portugal’s qualification for the World Cup?
Despite his great stardom and leadership role on and off the field, Cristiano Ronaldo’s imprint was not prominent in Portugal’s qualification for the 2022 World Cup.
Cristiano scored 6 goals in the qualifying campaign for the 2022 World Cup, including 4 goals in the two matches against Luxembourg and two goals against Ireland.
On the other hand, Ronaldo’s imprint, whether by scoring or assisting, was absent in 6 other matches, including the play-off matches against Turkey and North Macedonia.
What did Cristiano Ronaldo do before the 2022 World Cup?
Cristiano Ronaldo has been living in a critical period with Manchester United since the start of the current season.
Ronaldo lost his luster and prestige amid stormy crises that began with the failure of his attempts to leave the team during the summer transfer period, and then his objection, in a remarkable way, to his replacement on the bench.
It got worse when Manchester United manager Eric ten Hag punished the five-time Ballon d’Or winner by excluding him from matches.
As a result, Ronaldo scored only 3 goals in 16 matches in the League and European League this season, after he was the team’s top scorer last season with 24 goals.
What did Cristiano Ronaldo say before the 2022 World Cup?
Cristiano Ronaldo is seeking to prove he can make the difference at the 2022 World Cup.
Despite the impression that his amazing career is coming to an end, Ronaldo, 37, insists on the contrary, stressing over and over again that he is still capable of giving.
The Portuguese star said in a press interview two months ago: “There is still a little bit of Cristiano left. I am part of a young team and I want to participate in the next World Cup and European Championship.”