Cristiano Ronaldo: Portugal ‘in its place’ after World Cup qualification

Portugal beat North Macedonia in their play-off final in Porto last night, with a brace from Bruno Fernandes securing a 2-0 victory.

The win means Portugal will be in the pot for Friday’s World Cup draw in Qatar and Ronaldo is delighted that is the case.

This year’s World Cup will likely be the 37-year-old’s last and he is determined to make it count.

“Objective achieved, we are at the Qatar World Cup, we are in our place!” Ronaldo posted on Instagram. “Thank you to all the Portuguese for their tireless support! Force Portugal!”

Ronaldo has had success with Portugal in the past, including winning Euro 2016 and the Nations League in 2019.

Both of these successes have been earned by current manager Fernando Santos, who is aiming for a third major title.

“I have already won two competitions and I dream a lot of winning a third,” he said.

“I have to congratulate the players for the fantastic attitude they had. In the first 10 minutes we couldn’t do it right, I said that this team from North Macedonia know how to play. This n was not what we thought of them.

“It was a deserved and fair win. I don’t remember a great goalscoring situation for their team.

“We deserve to be at the World Cup. Fortunately, the 11 million Portuguese fans will have the opportunity to have Portugal in the World Cup.”

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