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Cristiano Ronaldo returns for Portugal’s EURO 2020 qualifiers

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Portugal have recalled Cristiano Ronaldo to the squad ahead of their upcoming EURO 2020 qualifiers this month.

The European champions have been without Ronaldo since last summer’s World Cup last-16 exit to Uruguay.

Fernando Santos’ side have since gone on to record three wins and three draws, without Ronaldo leading the attack, along with booking a semi-final spot in the inaugural UEFA Nations League tournament.

Earlier this week, however, Ronaldo reiterated his plans to return to international duty for Portugal upon being allowed time off to settle in at new club Juventus.

The 34-year-old forward has got off to an outstanding start in Italy with 24 goals and 12 assists in his opening 36 appearances for Juventus.

Following Wednesday’s hat-trick that sealed Juventus’ spot in the Champions League quarter-finals by beating Atletico Madrid 3-0, Ronaldo has now well and truly established himself as the main man in Turin.

Therefore, the Portuguese Football Association (FPF) have recalled Ronaldo and will hope he can continue this run of form for Portugal’s EURO 2020 qualifiers against Ukraine on March 22 and Serbia three days later in Lisbon.

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner has managed a record 85 goals and 37 assists in 154 appearances at international level.

Fellow Juventus star Joao Cancelo has also been named in the 25-man squad along with Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva, FC Porto’s Pepe and Sevilla’s Andre Silva.

Goalkeepers: Beto (Goztepe), Jose Sa (Olympiakos) & Rui Patricio (Wolverhampton).

Defenders: Joao Cancelo (Juventus), Nelson Semedo (Barcelona), Jose Fonte (Lille), Pepe (FC Porto), Ruben Dias (Benfica), Raphael Guerreiro (Borussia Dortmund) & Mario Rui (Napoli).

Midfielders: Danilo Pereira (FC Porto),  Ruben Neves (Wolverhampton), William Carvalho (Real Betis), Bruno Fernandes (Sporting Lisbon), Joao Mario (Inter Milan), Joao Moutinho (Wolverhampton) & Pizzi (Benfica)

Forwards: Bernardo Silva (Manchester City), Joao Felix (SL Benfica), Goncalo Guedes (Valencia) Rafa Silva (SL Benfica), Andra Silva (Sevilla), Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus), Diogo Jota (Wolverhampton) & Dyego Sousa (SC Braga).

Iran v Portugal: Group B - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia
SARANSK, RUSSIA – JUNE 25: Cristiano Ronaldo looks on prior to the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group B match between Iran and Portugal at Mordovia Arena on June 25, 2018 in Saransk, Russia. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)