Cristiano Ronaldo sends message to Portugal coach and team-mates after coming off the bench against Spain

Cristiano Ronaldo says Portugal is on the hunt for their second Nations League crown after kicking off the season with a comeback draw against Spain on Thursday night. Ronaldo was surprisingly dropped for that Group A2 match and Andre Silva preferred to take the lead.

After trailing an early goal from Alvaro Morata – the former Chelsea striker – Portugal hit back late to earn some of the spoils. Ricardo Horta struck on his return to the international scene and his telltale moment came when Ronaldo was welcomed onto the pitch.

Ronaldo, 37, was dropped from the starting line-up by manager Fernando Santos for ‘tactical’ reasons, but did win his 187th cap. Portugal will face Switzerland (twice) and the Czech Republic between now and June 12 with one clear goal for Ronaldo.

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Of course, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner and his Portuguese teammates won the inaugural Nations League in 2019 – three years after their Euro 2016 success. Ronaldo already has a staggering collection of trophies for club and country and is demanding at least one more international trophy.

The United striker targeted his 448 million followers on his Instagram profile and uploaded an image of him in action at the Estadio Benito Villamarin and added a short caption. It read: “The League of Nations is a competition that will be forever linked to the national team, the first to win this trophy.

“Our start in this edition, with an important draw in Spain, renews our ambition. The same as always, the same that moves us and unites us at all times; win for Portugal.”

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