Cristiano Ronaldo has been with the Madrid club since 2009.
The 33-year-old confessed his comments were ill-timed, but it means he enters a second straight major global tournament with his next move at club level shrouded in mystery. "I've never seen and nor do I think I will ever see someone with Messi's consistency", per Cadena Cope, translation courtesy of ESPN.
"I will never close 100% the door of the national team after the World Cup, but everything indicates that this will be the case", he added. The man has won Ballon d'Or five times, led Portugal to win the Euro cup in 2016, and is Real Madrid's talisman.
Portugal are ranked fourth by Federation Internationale de Football Association and won nine of their 10 European qualifying group matches.
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La Roja begin their quest to regain the world's most prestigious footballing trophy when they tackle Cristiano Ronaldo and co.in Matchday 1 of Group B. "He's very demanding with himself and ends up demanding a lot from us as well".
"Messi is the best player in history", the coach once said in 2017.
"Cristiano wins you matches and we have to take care of him, but Portugal also has great players, he is the current European champion and we have to do things well if we want to win the match", said Koke after the training of Julen Lopetegui's players. "They have a lot of respect for our team and will always play in the same way".
Salah suffered a shoulder injury following a challenge with Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos to cast doubt on his World Cup participation.