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Cristiano Ronaldo confident Portugal will qualify for 2022 World Cup ahead of playoff final

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Ronaldo is confident Portugal will qualify for the 2022 World Cup
Ronaldo is confident Portugal will qualify for the 2022 World Cup / Quality Sport Images/GettyImages
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Cristiano Ronaldo is confident Portugal will qualify for the 2022 World Cup, with the Manchester United forward insisting "there is no World Cup without Portugal".

Portugal finished second in their group behind Serbia and take on North Macedonia in a winner-takes-all playoff final on Tuesday.

Fernando Santos' side beat Turkey 3-1 in the semi-final last week and Ronaldo has no doubts they will pull off another win.

When asked whether he has any doubts if Portugal will qualify, Ronaldo said: "There is no World Cup without Portugal. There are no individualities here."

North Macedonia were responsible for Italy's shock exit, but the 37-year-old is confident of his side getting the better of the underdogs.

“We were surprised,” the United striker said of Italy's defeat.

“North Macedonia has surprised in many matches. But I don’t think they will surprise us tomorrow. Portugal will play better and we will make it to the World Cup.

“We know that if we win we will go to the World Cup and if we lose we are out. We have the responsibility to be positive and win the match. I see everyone well prepared and wanting to be at their best tomorrow.”

Ronaldo was also asked if he considering retirement after the 2022 World Cup, but the United striker brushed off speculation, saying: "I'm starting to be asked the same question. The one who is going to decide my future is me, nobody else. If I feel like playing more, I'll play, if I don't feel like playing more, I won't. I'll decide, period."

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