"In football and in life we go through difficult moments but what matters is the ability to get back up," the 36-year-old said.

"We know we have difficult battles, first against Turkey. And if we win, I think it will be against Italy. We will see. In March we will be prepared, it will be a battle and it will be great for football fans."

Portugal host Turkey on 24 March while Italy entertain North Macedonia, with the final five days later.


At least one of the last two European champions will not make it to the World Cup in Qatar from 21 November to 18 December.

"That's life, there are no perfect scenarios. We have to face things as they are," said Ronaldo, who has experienced a mixed return to Old Trafford this season.

While his personal return of 14 goals in 21 games in all competitions is impressive, the United are struggling down in seventh place in the Premier League, although they have reached the Champions League last 16 and FA Cup fourth round.

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