With this being a summer of change for Manchester United, there will likely be a handful of players at Old Trafford that will also be looking ahead to the upcoming FIFA 2022 World Cup, too.
Of course, the immediate thoughts should be on returning to the club and impressing Erik ten Hag, as they will need to show that they deserve a place in his team and looking to restore some pride to the club’s badge in the Premier League and Europe.
However, with the world’s biggest football competition on the horizon, too, we know that it will only be natural for those who may have a chance of representing their countries on the grandest stage of them all to have thoughts regarding what might happen.
While the squad has a number of international stars that will be looking to represent their country in Qatar this winter, we thought we would check out what the possibility would be of seeing Portugal winning the completion given the fact that they have a certain Cristiano Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes in the side.
Of course, if you were to look at the odds provided by Betway Sportsbook, then you would be forgiven if you believed they were an outside bet with odds of 14/1, but as we know, a team with a firing Ronaldo and Fernandes could be a real handful to deal with.
With this year’s event being likely Ronaldo’s last as a player – we can not rule out it being a possibility that he attends future editions as a manager or coach given what we witnessed in the 2016 UEFA Euro Championships – it is going to be the last opportunity that he has to add one of the final pieces to his incredible career.
CR7 has been able to win everything in his career except for the FIFA World Cup; something that has not been done by Lionel Messi, either, for those who continue to keep score regarding this debate.
With it being the final one, unless Ronaldo plays into his 40s, there may be added motivation and additional fuel to the fire that burns inside him. Add in a firing Fernandes, then there is every chance that Portugal could have a chance, especially as they have a number of stars playing at other clubs, too.
14/1 actually seems a decent value for Portugal, but whether they will be able to win their first FIFA World Cup is something that remains debatable, especially as they have had squads available to them in the past that would have had very good opportunities to do so before now.