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Have Portugal’s young attackers inherited the torch from Cristiano Ronaldo at 2022 World Cup?

Cristiano Ronaldo was left out of the starting line-up for Portugal’s game against Switzerland in the World Cup Round of 16. And by the time the veteran came on, the match was already in the bag for his team. 

A hat-trick from Goncalo Ramos and goals from Rafael Leao, Pepe and Raphael Guerreiro sealed passage to the quarter finals for the team. And even though he remains an important figure in the squad, Ronaldo’s contributions on the pitch have not been at par with his younger teammates. 

The next generation of Portugal attackers are ready to take over from Cristiano Ronaldo 

The likes of Joao Felix, Rafael Leao and Goncalo Ramos seem very well poised to carry the national team into the new era. One that will possibly be without Cristiano Ronaldo, the greatest footballer Portugal has ever produced. 

While Ronaldo has only scored one goal, and none from open play at the World Cup, the trio has been adding to their tally steadily. 

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Bruno Fernandes has also been an important part of the team, not only scoring but also turning into provider when required. As a result, there seems little to worry about even if this proves to be the five-time Ballon d’Or winner’s last contribution to the national team. 

Given the way things are going, the future is in very safe hands. And it will be very interesting to see how the next generation of talented players lead the country with talent available all over the pitch. 


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Arsh Das
Arsh Das
A music enthusiast, also passionate about football and bringing you the latest in the sporting world every day.



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