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Who does Cristiano Ronaldo play for? What to know about soccer star's team at World Cup 2022

Sporting News 4 days ago David Suggs
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It's been a turbulent few months for soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo. 

CR7 was linked with a move away from Manchester United throughout the summer. He ultimately stayed, but he rarely featured in the Premier League, leading him to give an incendiary tell-all interview to Piers Morgan. And that ultimately led to his leaving the club via contract termination.

Regardless of the past few months, Ronaldo is one of soccer's greatest ever talents. With a frame built from cherrywood and a cannon of a right foot, he's moved from strength to strength over the course of his career.

He's won titles in England. He's won titles in Spain. He's won titles in Italy. And although he's no spring chicken at the age of 37, he's still perhaps the most imposing figure to face in front of goal in the world — something he hopes to showcase at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

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In what is likely his last World Cup ever, CR7 will look to show everyone what they've been missing during the club season. But just what national team will Ronaldo turn out for? The Sporting News has you covered.

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Who does Cristiano Ronaldo play for?

Ronaldo will carry the baton for Portugal in the 2022 World Cup. The Madeira native has been a regular thorn in international footy since making his debut as an 18-year-old in 2003.

He's racked up over 191 appearances for his country, more than any other player in history, and has been a consistent goal-scorer, finding the net 117 times entering the 2022 World Cup.

One for notable introductions, Ronaldo got his first taste of major international action at the 2004 European Championships, a tournament he and Portugal came one shock defeat away from winning.

It's only been uphill from then for CR7 and his Portuguese compatriots.

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Has Cristiano Ronaldo ever won a World Cup?

Ronaldo's contributions to the game cannot be denied. He hasn't, however, captured its ultimate prize. Ronaldo and Portugal have never won a World Cup. The closest CR7 has gotten to the Jules Rimet Trophy is a fourth-place finish in 2006.

It hasn't always been easy for Ronaldo and Portugal. However, he did lead them to a bit of international recognition not too long ago.

In 2016, the Ronaldo-led Portuguese squad shocked the world and won the European Championships. Ronaldo was his typical excellent self, finding the net on three separate occasions. And although he had to go off early in the final match with an injury, his Portuguese teammates (particularly Eder) did enough to hoist the shimmering silver cup.

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What club team does Cristiano Ronaldo play for?

Ronaldo is currently without a club after officially departing Manchester United just before the World Cup following a second spell that just never quite worked out. He was unhappy with Manchester United's struggles on the field in 2021/22, and he was down on the new coaching staff that came in for 2022/23, ultimately venting his frustrations to Piers Morgan and leading to a mutual contract termination in late November.

He started his career at Sporting Lisbon, flashing signs of superstardom as a teenager. He was summarily snapped up by United as a youngster, going on to win everything under the sun with the Red Devils. Ronaldo then joined Real Madrid and became the brand he has remained since.

After a brief pit stop in Italy at Juventus, Ronaldo made his way back to Man United. And although the early returns were promising, recent performances seem to indicate a messy divorce is on its way. 

Ronaldo featured rarely for United in 2022 under new manager Erik Ten Hag, who used him in cup competitions. The 37-year-old striker responded by leaving his dirty laundry out for all the press to parse through.

The all-time great will hope to silence all the noise — and the haters — in Qatar, though.

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