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Portugal Axe Two Barca Stars For Final World Cup Squad

Portugal Axe Two Barca Stars For Final 2018 FIFA World Cup Squad

By David Kappel - May 18, 2018 09:26 AM @kappilinho

Portugal coach Fernando Santos has now cut his preliminary squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup down to 23 players, and some big names, including two FC Barcelona stars, were axed.

Click through the gallery above to see some players who missed out on Portugal’s WC squad.

Cristiano Ronaldo headlines the 2016 UEFA European Championship winners' selection, and will be participating in his ninth successive major tournament.

However, just three days after announcing his 35-man provisional squad, Santos has now cut down on his numbers.

He left some high-profile names out of the final 23-man selection that will be travelling to Russia, the biggest being Barcelona duo Andre Gomes and Nelson Semedo.

In addition, Euro 2016 hero Eder, who scored the extra-time winner in the final against France in that tournament, was also cut.

The latest culls come after Renato Sanches, who was voted the young player of the tournament at Euro 2016, was not included in the initial provisional squad.

Here is Portugal's final 23-man World Cup squad: 

Goalkeeper: Anthony Lopes (Lyon), Beto (Goztepe), Rui Patrício (Sporting CP)

Defender: Bruno Alves (Rangers), Cedric Soares (Southampton), Jose Fonte (Dalian Yifang), Mario Rui (Napoli), Pepe (Besiktas), Raphael Guerreiro (Borussia Dortmund), Ricardo Pereira (Porto), Ruben Dias (Benfica)

Midfielder: Adrien Silva (Leicester City), Bruno Fernandes (Sporting CP), Joao Mario (Inter Milan), Joao Moutinho (Monaco), Manuel Fernandes (Lokomotiv Moscow), William Carvalho (Sporting CP)

Forwards: Andre Silva (AC Milan), Bernardo Silva (Manchester City), Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Gelson Martins (Sporting), Goncalo Guedes (Valencia, on loan from Paris Saint-Germain) and Ricardo Quaresma (Besiktas)

Read: 12 Stars Snubbed For Brazil's World Cup Squad

Portugal have been drawn in Group B alongside Spain, Morocco and Iran. They will begin their preparations for the showpiece in Russia with a friendly against Tunisia on 28 May, before facing Belgium on 2 June and Algeria on 7 June.

What do you make of Portugal's chances at the World Cup? Have your say in the comments section below.


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Default Joined: 06 Mar 2017
No badges available May 23, 2018 09:37 AM
no no no this stupid madala he left Rony Lopez and Semedo
MR E Joined: 17 Apr 2012
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MR E May 21, 2018 03:43 PM
Semedo deserve to be in the squad!
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Mkhululimaswana May 19, 2018 08:54 AM
Losing squad ever. Renato Sanchez should've been picked with Semedo, Bt I see something about hate
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Flipping lyf May 18, 2018 05:19 PM
With semedo in right wing back and guerero on the left Pepe n fonte on center that was going to be formadible backline but this cow decide to axe very talented young boy
Zly30 Joined: 22 Aug 2016
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Zly30 May 18, 2018 04:33 PM
Penaldo influenced that selection n their sin was playing for barca,that is that!
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Thagalekgwara May 18, 2018 04:12 PM
Sumbody influenced the selection..U wil miss Gomez mr...
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lulikho May 18, 2018 02:14 PM
Semedo is good but it's the coach's decision.
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Phila ntjalintjali May 18, 2018 01:39 PM
Gomez for me is the best
mavino40 Joined: 16 Sep 2015
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mavino40 May 18, 2018 12:16 PM
It seems like it was Ronaldo who axed them because they play with messi bt anyway we knw that Ronaldo cant do anything a a long as he is nt at real madrid
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CCTV May 18, 2018 12:10 PM
Cutting Gomez was expected but leaving Semedo is a verry bad move. I mean the guy can play Right Back and also fill in the Right Mid position. Bt ke nice squad
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alizebucs1986 May 18, 2018 10:59 AM
But that Renato Sanches boy is an overrated cow
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waronatjie May 18, 2018 10:46 AM
i see the Portuguese coach went for experience rather deserved call-ups
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Faysal May 18, 2018 09:59 AM
Portugal Adding numbers in the world cup
Maj Joined: 05 Nov 2015
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Maj May 18, 2018 09:56 AM
And Nani...? Mxm they will lose
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Boris Becker May 18, 2018 09:50 AM
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MR E May 18, 2018 09:42 AM
Where is Nani, hope he didn't have a good season at Lazio

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