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Cristiano Ronaldo selected for his fifth World Cup as Portugal squad revealed

Cristiano Ronaldo selected for his FIFTH World Cup as Portugal manager Fernando Santos names the squad for Qatar that includes 10 Premier League stars, despite a trio of Wolves players missing out

  • Portugal boss Fernando Santos named his 26-man squad for the World Cup
  • Cristiano Ronaldo makes his fifth World Cup squad in what could be the last
  • The Manchester United star is one of ten players in the 26-man squad.
  • Several Wolves players have been lost, as well as the injured Diogo Jota.
  • Portugal is in a group made up of Ghana, Uruguay and South Korea.

Cristiano Ronaldo will go for World Cup glory in his fifth time of asking after being selected in Portugal’s 26-man squad for Qatar.

The Manchester United striker is one of ten Premier League players to be included in manager Fernando Santos’ squad.

Also included among those are club teammates Bruno Fernandes and Diogo Dalot, as well as Manchester City stars Bernardo Silva, Ruben Dias and Joao Cancelo.

Cristiano Ronaldo will seek to add the World Cup to his legendary career

He is joined by nine other Premier League stars, including teammate Bruno Fernandes.

He is joined by nine other Premier League stars, including teammate Bruno Fernandes.

Man City trio Bernardo Silva, Joao Cancelo and Ruben Dias (left to right) are also in the squad

Man City trio Bernardo Silva, Joao Cancelo and Ruben Dias (left to right) are also in the squad

Also from the Premier League are Wolves’ Jose Sa, Matheus Nunes and Ruben Neves and Fulham’s Joao Palhinha.

While three Wolves stars have made the team, just as many have missed the team.

Portuguese veteran Joao Moutinho, as well as his international teammates Nelson Semedo and Goncalo Guedes have been left out of the squad.

Selection of Portugal for the World Cup

Goalkeepers: Jose Sa, Rui Patricio, Diogo Costa.

Defenses: Joao Cancelo, Diogo Dalot, Pepe, Ruben Dias, Danilo Pereira, Antonio Silva, Nuno Mendes, Raphael Guerreiro.

Midfielders: William, Ruben Neves, Joao Palhinha, Bruno Fernandes, Vitinha, Otavio, Matheus Nunes, Bernardo Silva, Joao Mario.

Forwards: Cristiano Ronaldo, Joao Félix, Rafael Leao, Ricardo Horta, André Silva, Goncalo Ramos.

The biggest name to miss from the squad is Liverpool’s Diogo Jota, who sat out with a calf injury sustained during their 1-0 win over Manchester City last month.

Ronaldo was part of the Euro 2016 squad that won its first international competition and this will probably be the 37-year-old’s last chance to win the World Cup.

Portugal are up there as one of the favorites to win the competition due to their deep squad.

Ruben Neves (left) is in the squad while Joao Moutinho (right) is missing

Ruben Neves (left) is in the squad while Joao Moutinho (right) is missing

Diogo Jota is the big absentee due to his injury suffered against Man City last month

Diogo Jota is the big absentee due to his injury suffered against Man City last month

Former Wolves goalkeeper Rui Patricio had traditionally been their number one while defensively, they have a solid list of options in the wing area.

In addition to Cancelo and Dalot, they also have Nuno Mendes from Paris Saint-Germain and Raphael Guerriero from Borussia Dortmund.

Pepe, a former Real Madrid and current Porto defender, will probably also play in his last World Cup at the age of 39 and could be a candidate to start alongside Dias in central defence.

Portugal’s three favorite midfielders of late have been Premier League trio Fernandes, Neves and Silva, while Renato Sanches offers another potential option.

Veteran defender Pepe could start for Portugal at 39 in Qatar this winter

Veteran defender Pepe could start for Portugal at 39 in Qatar this winter

Rafael Leao (pictured) and Joao Félix are expected to support Ronaldo at the World Cup

Rafael Leao (pictured) and Joao Félix are expected to support Ronaldo at the World Cup

Ronaldo will likely be supported by Joao Felix and Rafael Leao at the top due to injuries to Wolves’ Jota and Pedro Neto.

The three favorites should be Bruno Fernandes, Ruben Neves and Bernardo Silva. But if Santos wants to mix things up in the middle, he has plenty of options for sure.

Portugal kicks off its tournament on November 24 against Ghana, in a group that also includes Uruguay and South Korea.

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