Ronaldo leads Portugal's 23-man World Cup squad

The Real Madrid star is the big name on Fernando Santos' final list heading into the tournament in Russia, while Ruben Neves misses out

Portugal have announced their 23-man squad for the 2018 World Cup.

Heading to Russia intent on building on their Euro 2016 triumph, coach Fernando Santos has named his side's biggest stars as expected for the summer tournament, with Cristiano Ronaldo at the forefront of the squad.

The likes of Sporting star William Carvalho, Monaco midfielder Joao Moutinho and Besiktas duo Pepe and Ricardo Quaresma are all included in the squad, while Joao Mario, on loan at West Ham from Inter, has also been given the nod.

Ronaldo transfer door closed to Man Utd

The Red Devils boss admits he would welcome the opportunity to bring a fellow Portuguese back to Old Trafford, but he cannot see Real Madrid selling

Jose Mourinho considers the transfer door to Cristiano Ronaldo to have been closed for Manchester United, with a move away from Real Madrid “prohibited”.

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner has been linked with a return to Old Trafford in recent windows, with nine years having passed since he departed for Spain in a then record-breaking deal.

Ronaldo has never shied away from expressing his fondness for the Red Devils, with the 33-year-old having refused to rule out a second stint in England.

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