Lisbon: Portugal’s head coach, Roberto Martinez, believes that Cristiano Ronaldo’s time in Saudi Arabia could have a positive impact on the entire national team. As they prepare for their Euro 2024 Qualifier match against Bosnia and Herzegovina, Martinez sees Ronaldo as a crucial figure in the dressing room, capable of passing on valuable tips to the younger players.
Martinez acknowledges that playing for a non-European club can sometimes be advantageous when representing the national team. He identifies three key factors in analyzing a player: individual quality, experience, and commitment. According to Martinez, Ronaldo’s commitment is exemplary, making him an influential figure both in the locker room and in the wider context of Portuguese and world football. The legendary striker has amassed an impressive 198 appearances for the national team, highlighting his unwavering dedication.
In a recent interview, Ronaldo expressed his satisfaction with his current club in Saudi Arabia, stating his desire to continue playing there. He also shared his belief that if the Saudi League continues its development over the next five years, it has the potential to become one of the top five leagues in the world.
Since joining his Saudi Arabian club in January, Ronaldo has showcased his remarkable goal-scoring abilities, finding the back of the net 14 times in just 16 appearances. His stellar performances have contributed to his team’s successful second-place finish in the Pro League.