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‘No decision’ made as Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal future remain uncertain after Euro 2024 exit

‘No decision’ made as Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal future remain uncertain after Euro 2024 exit

Whether Ronaldo and Pepe have played their last games for Portugal remains to be seen, but their dedication and leadership throughout Euro 2024 will undoubtedly be remembered.

Portugal manager Roberto Martinez has remained tight-lipped about the international futures of Cristiano Ronaldo and Pepe following their Euro 2024 quarter-final defeat to France.

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Emotional Farewell or Temporary Setback?

Both veterans, 39-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo and 41-year-old Pepe, featured prominently throughout the tournament. Their emotional embrace on the pitch after the loss sparked questions about their potential retirement from international football.

However, Martinez refused to be drawn into speculation. “No individual decisions” have been made, he stated, emphasizing the team’s need to process the defeat before addressing long-term plans.

Cristiano Ronaldo struggles

Despite playing every minute in the knockout stages, Cristiano Ronaldo endured a difficult Euro 2024. He failed to score in any of his five appearances, leading to criticism and questions about his place in the starting lineup.

Manager backs Cristiano Ronaldo

Despite Ronaldo’s lack of goals, Martinez stuck by the veteran forward. This decision has been criticized by pundits who believe younger players deserve a chance. Former Portugal defender Jose Fonte suggested that Euro 2024 might mark the end of the line for Ronaldo and Pepe at the international level.

Ronaldo’s stats in Euro 2024

While Ronaldo’s lack of goals is undeniable, it’s important to consider other factors. He had the most shots of any player in the tournament at 23, but his finishing touch deserted him. Looking ahead, Martinez will need to decide whether Ronaldo’s experience outweighs his recent struggles on the pitch.

Portugal consider future

With the sting of defeat still fresh, Portugal’s management team will take time to analyze the tournament and make crucial decisions about player selection. Whether Ronaldo and Pepe have played their last games for Portugal remains to be seen, but their dedication and leadership throughout Euro 2024 will undoubtedly be remembered.

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