Cristiano Ronaldo called up to Portugal squad by Roberto Martínez

Cristiano Ronaldo has been called up to the Portugal squad for their upcoming European Championship qualifiers versus Liechtenstein and Luxembourg.

New head coach Roberto Martínez described the Al-Nassr striker as an ‘important figure’ as the former Belgium manager picks his first squad.

“Cristiano Ronaldo is a very committed player. He can bring experience and is a very important figure for the team. I don’t look at age,” Martínez said.

Ronaldo has scored eight goals in seven league games for Al-Nassr since joining the club following the World Cup in Qatar.

The 38-year-old is four caps away from reaching 200 appearances for his national team and he may yet still feature in his 11th major tournament with the UEFA Euro’s taking place in less than 18 months time.

Ronaldo currently holds the record for the most international European men’s caps (196), surpassing the previous mark of 180 set by Spain’s Sergio Ramos.

Mark Marston | Get Football

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