Portugal World Championship Squad

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The Euro 2016 winners are used to dealing with the pressure that comes with having a strong squad, and after all, any team with Cristiano Ronaldo can be considered among the favorites.

All over the pitch, this team is blessed by big names, who play their trade in Europe’s major leagues. We can look forward to solid performances from the likes of Man City’s João Cancelo and AC Milan’s Rafa Leão amongst many more.

26 players will make the final squad and travel to the 2022 World Championship, led by National Team Captain Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal’s most decorated player ever.

Liverpool’s Diogo Jota will be a notable absence due to injury, but the talent that manager Fernando Santos has at his disposal is excellent:

This prospective squad is a balance of youth and experience, and a handful of these players conquered Europe in 2016, so their experience will be the key to Portugal’s success in. Their defense is solid, however, it must be said that the midfield lacks balance. The lack of game time Cristiano Ronaldo is getting at Manchester United is a concern, but one of the greatest of all times knows how to step up and when. Drafting Ruben Neves of Wolverhampton can be a key to the team’s transitional play. It’s a top-heavy side, so Portugal fans can hope for lots of goals, especially on the counter-attack.

Players List

GK1Rui PatricioRoma (ITA)34104
GK12Jose SaWolves (ENG)290
GK22Diogo CostaPorto (POR)237
DEF3PepePorto (POR)39128
DEF6Raphael GuerreiroBorussia Dortmund (GER)2856
DEF2Diogo DalotManchester United (ENG)236
DEF24Antonio SilvaBenfica (POR)190
DEF4Ruben DiasManchester City (ENG)2539
DEF19Nuno MendesPSG (FRA)2016
DEF13Danilo PereiraPSG (FRA)3163
DEF20Joao CanceloManchester City (ENG)2837
MID25OtavioPorto (POR)277
MID6Joao PalhinhaFulham (ENG)2715
MID8Bruno FernandesManchester United (ENG)2848
MID23Matheus NunesWolves (ENG)249
MID14William CarvalhoReal Betis (ESP)3075
MID16VitinhaPSG (FRA)224
MID17Joao MarioBenfica (POR)2952
MID18Ruben NevesWolves (ENG)2532
FWD10Bernardo SilvaManchester City (ENG)2872
FWD7Cristiano RonaldoManchester United (ENG)37191
FWD21Ricardo HortaBraga (POR)285
FWD15Rafael LeaoAC Milan (ITA)2311
FWD11Joao FelixAtletico Madrid (ESP)2223
FWD26Goncalo RamosBenfica (POR)210
FWD9Andre SilvaRB Leipzig (GER)2651

Can Portugal win the World Championship 2022?

Absolutely, why not? Anything can happen in football, particularly when you have such a talented crop of players. You can expect Portugal to emerge safely from Group H, and should they finish in the top spot their chances of meeting a weaker opponent in the Round of the Last 16 will be strong.

From then on, it’s a lottery. Quarter Finals are never an easy affair, but in knock-out competitions, anything can happen. We’re all dreaming of a Cristiano Ronaldo v Leo Messi final in the World Championship, afterall!
Brazil, Argentina, the Netherlands, England, France, Spain and Germany are always among the favorites, and it’s not wise to leave out Portugal from that list. This squad is full of league winners, who will bring that winning mentality to their national team. It’s a team which is hungry, united and somewhat underrated – Yes, Portugal can win the World Championship this December.

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