Portugal World Cup 2018 squad: Latest player news and injury information
Portugal have received assistance from Real Madrid in their quest for a first World Cup title, even though they play Spain in the opening game.
By allowing Cristiano Ronaldo to sit out less meaningful matches, Madrid's management of the 33-year-old forward in the twilight of his career means he should not be worn out in Russia.
The five-time world player of the year is leading a squad that broke through to win their first major title at the 2016 European Championship.
"Ronaldo is crucial," Portugal coach Fernando Santos said. "But we know that to win we need to play well as a team."
Santos accepts that Portugal are not among the leading contenders for the title in Russia, even though there's a familiar look about the squad. From the team that started in the final against France two years ago, only Nani and Renato Sanches were not called up for the recent friendlies.
Here's a closer look at the Portugal team:
The softly-spoken Santos spent most of his career coaching clubs in Greece and Portugal, including Porto, Sporting Lisbon and Benfica, before being handed the Greece national team job in 2010.
As Portugal were failing to advance from their group in 2014, Santos was becoming the first coach to lead Greece into a World Cup knockout phase.Source: Google News Portugal | Netizen 24 Portugal