Six years on from winning Euro 2020, Portugal are at another World Cup in what is set to be the very last one for the all-time leading goalscorer in international football, Cristiano Ronaldo, as he captains his nation against Ghana.
It has, of course, been a terrible season so far for Ronaldo. The Manchester United man scored 23 goals last season and his recent interview with Piers Morgan has stole more headlines than the World Cup itself so far, but the Portugal captain always seems to turn up for his country.
Portugal also had a decent Nations League campaign, losing only to Portugal and Spain, beating Czech Republic 2-0 and 4-0 and Switzerland at the first time of asking, 4-0. A recent 4-0 victory also came against Nigeria in a warmup friendly, as Bruno Fernandes netted twice alongside a goal each for Goncalo Ramos and Joao Mario.
The Euro 2016 champions are heading into this one with an array of talent, even if Ronaldo isn’t going to shine. On the other hand, Ghana have not aged well in the past few years since doing well at the 2010 and 2014 World Cups.
They did, however, defeat Switzerland 2-0 with goals from Mohammed Salisu and Antoine Semenyo in a warmup game this time last week. They are till investing heavy in stars like Jordan Ayew and Andre Ayew, however, although the latter currently plays in Qatar for Al-Sadd.
Portugal should get off to a winning start here.