Joao Cancelo welcomed back “quality” Juventus team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo to the Portugal team and insists the star has nothing left to prove anymore.
The 34-year-old forward has returned to the Portugal camp for the first time since their World Cup last-16 exit to Uruguay last summer and will be hoping to fire in the goals for their Euro 2020 qualifiers this month.
Portugal manager Fernando Santos allowed Ronaldo to sit out of the past four international breaks in order to give him time to rest and settle in at new club Juventus.
But now the Real Madrid legend is back in the fold and Cancelo couldn’t be happier about it due to the undeniable boost in “quality” Ronaldo will provide for Portugal.
“Cristiano adds quality to any team he plays with,” said Cancelo, according to SportsStar.
“We have the pleasure of playing alongside him here with the national team, and for me with Juventus. He’s one more player to help us and, of course, he’s very important.”
Ronaldo has managed a record 85 goals and 37 assists in 154 appearances at international level, and captained Portugal to their first-ever piece of major silverware by winning Euro 2016 in France.
Therefore, Cancelo feels that the five-time Ballon d’Or winner has long since proven himself to everyone that he makes history wherever he goes.
“Cristiano doesn’t have to prove anything to anyone,” said the full-back.
“In the national team or at any club where he’s played he’s made history and obviously he will add the same kind of quality he’s added wherever he has played.”
Ronaldo could make his return to the Portugal line-up on Friday in the Navigators’ Group B opener against Ukraine in Lisbon.
Serbia will come up next for the European champions three days later.