Portugal, the 2016 European champion, faces Turkey in the semi-finals of the play-offs in March, before the possible final against Italy, the Euro 2020 champion, which will prevent one of the two teams from qualifying for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
“It will be very sad if we do not reach our goal, which is the World Cup,” the five-time Ballon d’Or winner told ESPN in Brazil.
CR7 has not missed any major international tournament since his first appearance in the shirt of his country in 2003, and he also participated in the World Cup finals four times in addition to the European Cup finals five times, and reached the final of the continental championship in 2004 and ended with the loss of host Portugal against Greece Zero-1.
The former Real Madrid and Juventus player added: “In football and in life, we go through difficult moments, but what matters is the ability to rise.”
He continued: “We know we will have tough battles, first against Turkey, and if we win, I think it (the decisive match for qualification) will be against Italy, we will see what happens, in March we will be ready, it will be a battle, and it will be great for football fans.”
The Portuguese national team will host its Turkish counterpart on March 24, while Italy will host its North Macedonia competition, with the final to be held five days later.
And Ronaldo, who is experiencing a mixed return to “Old Trafford” this season, added, “This is life, there are no ideal scenarios. We have to face things as they are.”
While his personal numbers indicate his continuous brilliance within the green rectangle despite reaching the age of 36, where he scored 14 goals in 21 games in various competitions this season, the “Red Devils” team occupies a disappointing seventh place for its fans in the Premier League. .