Portugal shocked the entire world when they defeated France in the final and won the Euro 2016 title. Since then, all the focus has been on Portugal World Cup Squad 2018 and how well their team will manage expectations at this year’s FIFA World Cup. Manager Fernando Santos announced a strong Portugal World Cup Team 2018 and despite leaving out the likes of Nani and Renato Sanches, Portugal World Cup 2018 Team looks good enough on the paper and can trouble the best of teams on their team. Here is a detailed look at the Portugal World Cup Team 2018 and 5 players to watch out for in the Portugal World Cup 2018 Squad including the Premier League winner Bernardo Silva.
Portugal World Cup 2018 Squad
Goalkeepers: Anthony Lopes (Lyon), Beto (Goztepe), Rui Patricio (Sporting Lisbon)
Defenders: Bruno Alves (Rangers), Cedric Soares (Southampton), Jose Fonte (Dalian Yifang), Mario Rui (Napoli), Pepe (Besiktas), Raphael Guerreiro (Borussia Dortmund), Ricardo Pereira (Porto), Ruben Dias (Benfica)
Midfielders: Adrien Silva (Leicester City), Bruno Fernandes (Sporting Lisbon), Joao Mario (West Ham United), Joao Moutinho (AS Monaco), Manuel Fernandes (Lokomotiv Moscow), William Carvalho (Sporting Lisbon)
Forwards: Andre Silva (AC Milan), Bernardo Silva (Manchester City), Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Gelson Martins (Sporting Lisbon), Goncalo Guedes (Valencia), Ricardo Quaresma (Besiktas)
5 players to watch out for in the Portugal World Cup 2018 Squad
Bernardo Silva (Manchester City)
A lot will depend on Cristiano Ronaldo when it comes to scoring goals for the Portugal World Cup 2018 Team but they will need other players to help Ronaldo when it comes to scoring goals for the Portugal Football Team at 2018 FIFA World Cup. One player who will be eager to be the main man for Portugal World Cup 2018 Squad is Manchester City’s winger Bernardo Silva. Since moving from AS Monaco, Bernardo is yet to achieve similar numbers like he managed for Monaco in the 2016-17 season but despite playing only 1556 minutes in the Premier League, Bernardo Silva managed 6 goals and 4 assists for the Premier League Champions Manchester City. Bernardo Silva’s biggest attribute is the goal threat he carries with himself as he always looks to either score or create a goal for his team. With Ronaldo up front, Bernardo Silva along with Gelson Martins will be asked to support Ronaldo from the wings and make sure oppositions do not get an easy way against Portugal.
Cedric Soares (Southampton)
Many might not rate him that highly but Cedric Soares is one of Premier League’s outstanding right-backs and his performances for the Portugal Football Team are even better than his club numbers. Cedric will be an important aspect of Portugal’s setup whether the manager Fernando Santos opts to play a 4-men or 3-men defense with the Portugal World Cup Squad 2018. Cedric’s ability to go forward and command his own box will be one of the key aspects of Portugal’s 2018 FIFA World Cup campaign and indeed the Southampton star will be one of the key players for Portugal World Cup Team 2018.
Joao Mario (West Ham)
Joao Mario’s move to Inter Milan was greeted with a lot of hope and expectations by the Inter fans but his time Italy was marred with injuries and disappointing performances, however, ever since moving to West Ham, Joao Mario has turned a new leaf in his career and is looking like a much-improved player. In 9 games for the Hammers, Mario managed 2 goals and an assist which can only be a good news for Portugal World Cup 2018 Team. Mario is able to operate in a 3-man midfield and can even play from the left wing which will give Fernando Santos and the Portugal Football Team a lot of options going forward.
William Carvalho (Sporting Lisbon)
We have been hearing about Wiliams Carvalho’s potential for a long time now and perhaps the 2018 FIFA World Cup will finally be the platform where the entire world comes together to witness the same. Carvalho is regarded as one of the finest holding midfielders and Portugal World Cup 2018 Team will need him to be at his very best as they look to continue their Euro 2016 run and be a force to reckon with in International football. Carvalho’s presence in the middle will allow the attackers to go venture forward and affect the play for Portugal by scoring crucial goals.
Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)
And to top it all up, the main man for Portugal World Cup 2018 Squad and Portugal’s World Cup hopes will be Cristiano Ronaldo who will have his last shot at winning a World Cup medal. Ronaldo will effectively be 37 years old in the next World Cup and is highly unlikely to play an active role as a regular player. 2018 World Cup will see the last of Cristiano Ronaldo and the forward would hope to bang crucial goals and lad Portugal as far as possible in the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Ronaldo scored 39 goals last season with 15 of those coming in the Champions League puts Portugal in the right place as they will have their talisman in the best frame of mind going into the 2018 FIFA World Cup Cup.