Will Ronaldo play FIFA World Cup 2022? Portugal’s chances look slim: 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar
Cristiano Ronaldo has been a footballing icon, with his legacy irreversible in the history of football. The long wait for national glory ended for the Portuguese with the triumphant 2016 Euros campaign, which helped ease the pain of the loss in the 2004 Euros final. Moreover, the talismanic striker was influential in the 2017 UEFA Nations League trophy, as the Portuguese now hopes to bring a World Cup title to his name.
Will Ronaldo play FIFA World Cup 2022? Portugal’s Road to the Playoff
Ronaldo’s Portugal looked on track to qualify for yet another World Cup, as they faced a relatively easy group phase consisting the likes of Azerbaijan, Ireland, Luxembourg and Serbia. The Portuguese were on board to top the group, with the Serbians being the closest competitors. However, a last gasp goal by the Serbians in the final game of their qualification secured number 1 position for Serbia, while Portugal now face a long route to Qatar, facing a small play off tournament.
Will Ronaldo play FIFA World Cup 2022? A Difficult Path to Qatar
Portugal face the unluckiest draw in the road to Qatar, as they are pitted against a tricky side in Turkey in the semifinal of the play off competition. The winner of the Portugal vs Turkey clash potentially face the reigning European champions Italy in the final of the playoffs, who will then book a ticket to Qatar. It would be quite difficult for the Portuguese team to reach Qatar, with Ronaldo on the verge of possibly the last World Cup of his illustrious career.
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