StoryRonaldo To Lead Team In Euro 2016

In the upcoming tournament, Euro 2016 Ronaldo is set to lead Portugal. There should be several good potential players alongside him like Renato Sanchez, who has also made it to the 23 man team squad.

With the season coming to an end and all eyes on the upcoming UEFA Euro 2016 Championship, squads are starting to be announced for the biggest football festival in Europe. The Championship’s full fixture has been released with dates, venues and timelines. Portugal are amongst the favourites at Euro 2016 but will need Cristiano Ronaldo to be in top form if they are to progress.

Real Madrid forward Ronaldo will be leading his country, whilst Jose Fonte and Cedric are defenders from Southampton who have also made the cut. Ronaldo already has 56 goals as part of his achievement in international football, and will be looking to add to that this summer.

Ronaldo would be aided by players like Nani, who used to play alongside him as a winger for Manchester United, Renato Sanches, who recently moved to Bayern Munich from Benfica for £28 million. Another former team-mate in the squad is ex Chelsea and Real Madrid defender Ricardo Carvalho. This is the fifth international tournament Carvalho will be a part of, having missed Brazil 2014 - it's an exciting opportunity for the 37 year old.

The best represented club side is Sporting Lisbon. They have four players - Adrien Silva, Joao Mario, William Carvalho and Rui Patricio - selected to be part of Portugal’s team.

Meanwhile, Sir Alex Ferguson has backed Ronaldo to be the best player in the world again, and take the crown off Lionel Messi.

For those who love to see discussions surrounding their favourite players, the recent discussion between Rory McIlroy and Sir Alex Ferguson would have been illuminating. It was held at the Dublin convention Center, as a fundraising night for the McIlroy foundation.

There was a debate about choosing between Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo that Sir Alex took part in it as well. He said that whilst Messi was a fantastic player, the whole Barcelona team revolved around him, whereas Ronaldo doesn't need to have the team built around him - he could play in any team in the world and still add goals, dynamism and ultimately trophies.

Portugal will be kicking off their campaign in Group F at the Euros. Their first match will be against Iceland at Stade Geoffrey Guichard on June 14th.