Ronaldo can not block Neymar's move to Real Madrid - Marcelo


The Portugal national team continues its World Cup preparation on Thursday when it takes on Algeria in an global friendly.

Ronaldo has scored an incredible 450 goals in just 438 games for Los Blancos and helped them win a fourth Champions League in the last five years with victory over Liverpool last month.

While Ronaldo's return after his fifth UEFA Champions League title is great news, it's essential Portugal look to him as an extra tool in the grand scheme and not the sole end product.

Outside of Ronaldo, Portugal boast an exciting squad filled with attacking talent including Paris Saint-Germain's Goncalo Guedes, AC Milan's Andre Silva and Sporting Lisbon's Gelson Martins.

The hosts did have the ball in the net one final time through Joao Mario, only for the VAR to chalk off the goal due to a handball in the lead-up from Guedes.

Portugal coach Fernando Santos still has a lot of doubts about the team he will field in their opening World Cup match against neighbours Spain, he said on Wednesday. "We are not where we want to be but we will be improving during the tournament".

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Without attempting to rain on Portugal's parade, it's crucial the European champions don't allow their egos to be inflated by such a confident win over Algeria, who are 66th in the Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings-a full 62 places below them.

"The 23 are all ready to play, that is the most important thing".

Euro 2016 champions Portugal will face Spain (June 15), Morocco (June 19) and Iran (June 25) in Group B at the World Cup in Russian Federation.

Neymar has been linked with a move to the Santiago Bernabeu, while Ronaldo's future is up in the air.

This is a fresh group bursting with potential and Rashford is among the contenders to star judging by this audition in northern England, where a superb 25 metre opener in the 13th minute crowned a fine performance.