Reigning champions Portugal arrive at Euro 2020 with truly a outstanding 26-man squad.
Cristiano Ronaldo, Bruno Fernandes and Ruben Dias are just a few of the big names in Fernando Santos’ star-studded contingent.
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In fact, Portugal’s squad is unquestionably stronger than their triumphant crop of 2016 and nearly all of them have an abundance of experience at the very highest level.
Ronaldo and co, who were also crowned the inaugural UEFA Nations League champions in 2019, should therefore be favourites to lift the trophy, right?
Portugal only lost once during Euro qualification, but that was enough to open the door for Ukraine to win Group B.
That has seen them placed into the ‘Group of Death’ along with Germany, France and Hungar
Portugal have NEVER beaten France inside 90 minutes and have lost all of their last four meetings with Germany.
But with Germany failing to convince and Hungary virtually a guaranteed three points – Portugal will fancy their chances of reaching the knockout stages and becoming the second side to ever win back-to-back Euros.
But which players should Dream Team Euros bosses select?
36-year-old Ronaldo would usually be the first name on the team sheet but 44.7% of Dream Team bosses have opted for Man United’s Bruno Fernandes – making him the most popular player among the Portuguese camp.
But that looks rather risky given he doesn’t take penalties for his national side AND hasn’t provided a goal or assist in his last SEVEN international appearances.
And at a cost of £6m – it might be worth paying an extra £1m to acquire the services of the prolific Ronaldo, who remains vitally important for his country.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner has scored an astonishing 103 goals in 173 appearances for Portugal and has his mind set on breaking Ali Daei’s long-standing international goal record.
Diogo Jota should be available for Portugal’s opener against Hungary and he could be a particularly profitable pick having scored SIX in 12 appearances since making his debut in 2019.
Defensive options are another good avenue to explore for Dream Team Euros managers.
Portugal have kept eight clean sheets in their last 13 fixtures with Man City’s Ruben Dias a popular pick at £5.0m Team-mate Joao Cancelo is also proving a fan-favourite.
Most-popular Portugal players (ownership) among Dream Team Euros managers at this stage:
- Bruno Fernandes – 44.7%
- Ruben Dias – 37.7%
- Cristiano Ronaldo – 36.9%
- Joao Cancelo – 28.7%
- Rui Patricio – 8.1%
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