I saw the Euro 2016 final with my homie O’Larry at Rhapsody inside Circle Mall in Lekki. The final was between the Almighty France and a Portuguese National team that huffed and puffed into the final. The Portuguese side weren’t fantastic at all at the tourney but I kept following their progress because of Cristiano Ronaldo (CR 7).
For the first time myself and O’Larry were on the same page in terms of supporting a team or individual. The Hennessy was going down at a slow pace due to the tension. You know when the team you are rooting for didn’t have half the quality their opponents possessed in terms of personnel on the pitch let alone strength in depth. We both wanted Portugal to win and when Ronaldo was taken off early in the final due to injury we were downcast because we thought the only chance Portugal had of winning a major tourney was having CR7 on the pitch. It was his former Manchester United teammate Patrice Evra that got him injured that night. Anyway Ronaldo was in the technical area and kept cheering his teammates on till they got the decisive goal (game ended 1:0) and won the tourney.
Euro 2020 is here in 2021 because of the pandemic that ravaged the world and I want to share the 26 players I would love to see represent Portugal.
Find below the 26 players I would love Portugal to pick for their Euro 2020 campaign:
1. Rui Patricio (Wolverhampton Wanderers)
2. Anthony Lopes (Lyon)
3. Rui Silva (Granada)
4. Pepe (Porto)
5. Ruben Dias (Manchester City)
6. Joao Cancelo (Manchester City)
7. Raphael Guerreiro (Dortmund)
8. Mario Rui (Napoli)
9. Nelson Semedo (Wolverhampton Wanderers)
- Cedric Soares (Arsenal)
- Nuno Mendes (Sporting Lisbon)
- Luis Neto (Sporting Lisbon)
- Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United)
- Bernando Silva (Manchester City)
- Ruben Neves (Wolverhampton Wanderers)
- Joao Moutinho (Wolverhampton Wanderers)
- William Carvalho (Real Betis)
- Danilo Pereira (P.S.G)
- Renato Sanches (Lille)
- Sergio Oliveira (Porto)
- Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus)
- Joao Felix (Atletico Madrid)
- Diogo Jota (Liverpool)
- Andre Silva (Frankfurt)
- Goncalo Guedes (Valencia)
- Paulinho (Sporting Lisbon)
There you have it, hopefully The Navigators as the Portuguese team are also called will navigate their way into a consecutive final.