Arguably Juventus’ most expensive asset, Captain Cristiano Ronaldo was included in Portugal’s squad for next month’s Nations League semi-final against Switzerland, head coach Fernando Santos announced on Thursday.
Ronaldo, 34, a five-time Ballon d’Or winner missed the group stages preferring to try and adapt to life in Juventus since moving from Real Madrid.
Since it’s International break next week and Cristiano Ronaldo will be back with the Portugal squad after a long break I want to take us all back to one of Ronaldos recent greatest international games https://t.co/7xFg5C3DCz
— Fake〰️ (@IconicCristiano) March 16, 2019
The Euro 2016 champions welcome the Swiss on June 5 in Porto and the Netherlands play England in Guimaraes a day later before a third-place play-off and a final on June 9.
He lifted the Serie A title with his Italian club this season but failed to clinch a third straight Champions League after losing to Ajax in the quarter-finals.
Head coach Fernando Santos has chosen not to call up veterans Adrien Silva, Nani and Ricardo Quaresma and Sevilla forward Andre Silva misses out with a knee injury.
Highly-tipped Benfica uncapped youngster Joao Felix is also included alongside three other club teammates who won the Portugese league champions this season.
João Félix (19) and Diogo Jota (22) have received their first call-ups to the senior Portugal squad.
🇵🇹 Félix for Benfica:
• 26 appearances
• 10 goals
• 4 assists
🇵🇹 Jota for Wolves:
• 27 appearances
• 6 goals
• 4 assists
Ready for international duty. pic.twitter.com/Qhspnc5Vmj
— Scouted Football (@ScoutedFtbl) March 15, 2019
Portugal squad to face Switzerland on June 5 in the Nations League semi-finals:
Goalkeepers: Beto (Goztepe/TUR), Jose Sa (Olympiakos/GRE), Rui Patricio (Wolves/ENG)
Defenders: Joao Cancelo (Juventus/ITA), Jose Fonte (Lille/FRA), Pepe (Porto/POR), Mario Rui (Naples/ITA), Nelson Semedo (Barcelona/ESP), Raphael Guerreiro (Borussia Dortmund/GER), Ruben Dias (Benfica/POR)
Midfielders: Bruno Fernandes (Sporting Lisbon/POR), Danilo Pereira (Porto/POR), Joao Moutinho (Wolves/ENG), Pizzi (Benfica/POR), Ruben Neves (Wolves/ENG), William Carvalho (Real Betis/ESP), Joao Felix (Benfica/POR)
Forwards: Bernardo Silva (Manchester City/ENG), Goncalo Guedes (Valencia/ESP), Rafa Silva (Benfica/POR), Dyego Sousa (Sporting Braga/POR), Diogo Jota (Wolves/ENG), Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus/ITA)