According to a story in the Athletic, Roberto Martinez, the former manager of Belgium, has verbally agreed to lead Portugal.
When Martinez, a former Everton head coach, left his position as Belgium’s coach in December after they eliminated the Red Devils from the World Cup group stage in Qatar.
Roberto Martinez is “on the verge” of accepting a job in Portugal
After Portugal’s World Cup quarterfinal loss to Morocco, Fernando Santos resigned as manager. The Spaniard has been in talks to take over for him.
Roberto Martinez also left Belgium after the team’s defeat in Qatar during the group round. After the World Cup, the manager’s contract expired. He had previously managed Everton and Wigan. The second-ranked team in the world, according to Fifa, entering the competition was Belgium, which finished third in 2018. Also Read: Didier Deschamps will be France’s coach until the 2026 World Cup
Martinez has drawn interest from numerous football clubs and national teams. But it seems that he would rather stay in international management.
Numerous outstanding players, like Bruno Fernandes, Rafael Leao, Joao Felix, Diogo Jota, Bernardo Silva, and, of course, Cristiano Ronaldo, will be at his disposal.
Ronaldo hasn’t given up playing for the national team. So Martinez will have to determine how he wants to handle the star who now represents Al Nassr.
We expect Martinez to have an opportunity to shine at both the 2024 Euros and the 2026 World Cup. Also Read: UEFA President Aleksandr Ceferin was Re-Elected to Serve Through 2027
If Martinez succeeds, will Ronaldo play for Portugal?
Regarding Cristiano Ronaldo, Roberto Martinez stated, “Ronaldo is a fantastic football player. He was still in front of all the Manchester United players on the Ballon d’Or candidates’ list when it was released”.
However, he had two issues. The first is that they say he is “too old” and that he must have a poor match because he is 37 years old. It almost seems as though he isn’t allowed to play poorly at all.
Having a season-long substitute limit of five is also a concern. When Ronaldo entered the game, they often replaced players mid-game, which was frowned upon. Because of the rigours and demands of the APL, we can now observe that players from the attacking group occasionally only play 20 to 30 minutes instead of the usual 90, as Martinez had previously stated to Amazon Prime.
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