Our match prediction:
Fernando Santos included Benfica’s teenager Renato Sanches in the squad because of his remarkable displays in the current season, so it is expected he will earn his first cap against Bulgaria this Friday at Estadio Dr. Magalhaes Pessoa. Carvalho, Danny, Quaresma and Eder returned to the squad for the warm-up matches, while Moutinho and Andre are injured. Ivaylo Petev will have a difficult task achieving a positive result against the Seleccao, since his team have never recorded a triumph in Portugal. The Lion’s manager left the former Bulgarian star and current member of Partizan Belgrade, Valeri Bojinov, out of the squad, due to their personal clash, and his list of rather anonymous players do not seem capable of creating much trouble for Ronaldo and his teammates. Even though Portugal have been blowing hot and cold on home turf in recent matches, we predict Fernando Santos’ charges will achieve a clean triumph this time out.
Highligted Player (Ronaldo):
Cristiano Ronaldo is considered one of the world’s best football players. The Portuguese ace was born on 5 February, 1985 in Funchal, Madeira and he played for the likes of Andorinha, Nacional and Sporting during his youth career. CR7 made his Sporting debut in Primeira Liga on 7 October, 2002, scoring two goals in a 3-0 win over Moreirense. Manchester United scouts spotted him and one year later he joined the Old Trafford outfit. Ronaldo became the most expensive teenager in the history of the Premier League and he received the number 7 shirt. He quickly established himself as the team’s key player and it has to be noted that he won three consecutive Premier League trophies with the Red Devils (2006/2007, 2007/2008, 2008/2009). In 2008 he helped the Old Trafford outfit beat Chelsea in the Champions League final, scoring for Alex Ferguson’s troops in the regular time. Ronaldo joined Real Madrid in 2009 and he helped the Spanish giants with two Champions League trophies. In 2016 he won the European Championship trophy with Portugal. The Real Madrid ace has two Golden Ball awards (2013, 2014).