Euro 2016 Team Guide: Ronaldo to shoulder the burden of Portugal's pressure

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The hopes of an entire nation will be placed on the shoulders of the Real Madrid superstar, who is desperate to add an international accolade to his long list of achievements

Coach: Fernando Santos

Key player: Cristiano Ronaldo

Qualifying form: W7, L1, D0

Top scorers in qualifying: Cristiano Ronaldo (5), Joao Moutinho (2)

Euro 2016 provides what could be the last chance of international glory for Cristiano Ronaldo, with the 31-year-old set to spearhead Portugal's attack.

The Real Madrid superstar has come close to European glory on two occasions since making his international debut in 2003, a semi-final appearance four years ago coming after a heartbreaking Euro 2004 final defeat to Greece on home soil.

National success is the one thing missing from Ronaldo's glittering CV, and the pressure will be firmly on him to lift Fernando Santos' side this time around.

Gone are the days of Portuguese attacking options like Luis Figo, Nuno Gomes, Pauleta and Rui Costa.

However, with Ronaldo - who should become his country's most capped international at the tournament - leading their charge, Figo believes anything is possible for the current crop.

"If you are the most important player then of course there is pressure. I think he can manage it because all his life he has been playing at a high level," said the 43-year-old.

"He is used to playing every game where he has to give his best, where you have to score and be the difference.

"We have a lot of hopes to do well in Euros and achieve a good position. If Ronaldo's going to do it or not you never know because in football you can never guess what’s going to happen.

"I think we have a good team theoretically. If we look at our group, I think we can make it to the knockouts and then anything can happen."

Unsurprisingly, the former Manchester United forward top scored in Group I qualifying with five goals - Portugal comfortably topping their pool with seven wins out of eight to finish seven points clear of Albania.

Ronaldo will be ably supported in the finals by Portugal's up-and-coming stars like William Carvalho and Andre Gomes, with Joao Moutinho, Nani and Pepe the more experienced heads alongside their star man.

Santos took over from Paulo Bento in September 2014 and won his first seven competitive games in charge to steer them to the Euros after they had made a shaky start with defeat to Albania.

Under the former Greece boss, results have improved, although the flamboyant attacking style once associated with Portugal has had to be somewhat sacrificed.

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Santos' gameplan is less fluid compared to the teams of the past, but that will matter little if he can deliver a European Championship-winning side.

Portugal open their Group F campaign against first-time qualifiers Iceland in Saint-Etienne, before facing Austria and Hungary.

They will be expected to progress beyond the group stage with ease, and from there - especially with Ronaldo in their ranks - anything is possible.

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