Ronaldo's back - but has new Portugal boss Roberto Martinez made a massive mistake recalling Cristiano?

Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal 2022 World Cup HIC 16:9Getty

Cristiano Ronaldo's continued presence in the Portugal squad is not a surprise. One of the first things new manager Roberto Martinez did after taking over in January was fly to Saudi Arabia to meet with the iconic No.7.

Unlike some of the other candidates for the position created by Fernando Santos' post-World Cup dismissal, the Spaniard was willing right from the get-go to include Ronaldo in his Euro 2024 qualification campaign.

The question now, though, is whether Ronaldo will start up front at what is meant to be the dawn of a new era for the Seleccao?

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Of course, given the standard of the opposition this week – Portugal host Liechtenstein on Thursday before travelling to Luxembourg on Sunday – it likely won't matter who leads the line. Portugal should easily win both fixtures. If Ronaldo starts at the Estadio Jose Alvalade, it would not be a surprise to see him add to his record haul of international goals.

However, there is no denying that Goncalo Ramos should be Portugal's first-choice No.9 right now.