After Fernando Santos’ charges stunned Europe in 2016 by winning the European Championship trophy against France, Ronaldo and his teammates are looking for a way to conquer the world. Pragmatic boss Fernando Santos helped Portugal claim their first ever major tournament title in France, and will not stop there, especially because his team, which is currently ranked No. 3 in the FIFA Rankings, is brimming with experienced players such as Pepe, Rui Patricio, and, of course, the star of the team, Cristiano Ronaldo. The veterans will be accompanied by rising stars such as Bernardo Silva, Andre Silva and Joao Cancelo, and it seems that Portugal finally have a perfect blend of youth and experience that might help them go all the way in Russia. Take a look at the latest World Cup Odds.
We all remember the disaster in 2014, when Selecao failed to qualify from the group stage after a heavy loss to Germany (0-4), a thrilling draw against USA and the win against Ghana. Ronaldo only managed one goal in three games, and the biggest question is whether the five-time Ballon d’Or winner will shine on the world stage this summer. It seems that this time he will have much bigger support from his teammates, and, truth being told, the Real Madrid hitman is the best big-game goal scorer on the planet. Ronaldo netted 79 goals in his 147 international caps and will be looking to improve his statistics since this is his last chance to win the World Cup. Probably his biggest support will be Bernardo Silva, who is raising his form at Manchester City.
This will not be an easy task to accomplish, since the first step towards the top is the clash against Spain. The Spanish sailed through qualifications and want to win the trophy back from the Germans. Next come Morocco, a team that didn’t lose a single game during qualification, and finally there’s Iran, by far the best side in Asia, who will definitely be a tough nut to crack. Qualification from the group stage is a must for Selecao, and after that everything is possible. Portugal are 22/1 to win the tournament, according to Betfair (accurate as of 8th March 2018).
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