Roberto Martinez confirmed as the new manager of the Portuguese national team

Roberto Martinez confirmed as the new manager of the Portuguese national team

Roberto Martinez, the former manager of Belgium and Everton, acquired a new position quite soon after quitting the latter after the World Cup.

Martinez was appointed by Belgium in 2016, and his agreement with them expires after the conclusion of the 2022 World Cup.

After a protracted tenure as coach, he brought the team to the top of the world rankings and third place at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Martinez, 49, is taking over for Fernando Santos, a former coach of Portugal who also quit his position following the team’s shocking loss to Morocco in the World Cup quarterfinals.

Santos, whose tactics drew harsh criticism, took over as Portugal’s coach in 2014 and coached the team in 109 games. They won both the first UEFA Nations League in 2018–19 and the 2016 European Championship.

After signing a three-and-a-half-year contract, Martinez was introduced during a press conference. Upon his arrival, Martinez might need to find a solution to a problem involving Ronaldo’s future.

The current Al-Nassr forward now holds the record for the most Selecao appearances and is the nation’s all-time leading scorer with 118 goals.

Martinez has implied that the veteran may not have the stamina to handle the demands of top-level football, but now it appears that he has intimated that the 37-year-old might not be destined to play a crucial role for the country moving forward.

The man claimed in October of last year, when Ronaldo was still a member of the Red Devils, that Cristiano Ronaldo was still the highest-ranked Manchester United player when the Ballon d’Or list was released.

The former Real Madrid great was already benched for the match against Switzerland in the round of 16 after losing his starting position during the World Cup’s final games.

Goncalo Ramos, the veteran’s replacement, scored a hat trick in his full debut as Portugal ultimately won 6-1. In the following match, Portugal lost to Morocco, and Ronaldo stayed on the bench.

Shortly after his country’s elimination, the striker appeared to hint on Instagram that he wouldn’t be competing in another World Cup, although he didn’t go so far as to officially announce his retirement from international competition.

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