Cristiano Ronaldo, the captain of Portugal, has revealed that he is always scared when he wears the national team jersey.
Ronaldo presently has the most appearances in international men’s football history.
The former Manchester United and Real Madrid attacker has represented his country 199 times and is the game’s leading goalscorer (122) and appearance-maker.
Ronaldo stated (via Record Portugal) ahead of his team’s UEFA Euro 2024 qualifier against Iceland on Tuesday:
“In the national team, I’m constantly nervous. It’s fortunate that I’m always apprehensive during the anthem. It represents duty, pride, and motivation; representing the national team is the pinnacle of one’s career.
“Representing family members, parents, and friends… If I can do more. That is, obviously, why I am here. That is why I continue to walk.
“Living in the moment, day by day, looking at my form, I believe I’m still doing well, assisting, scoring goals, and putting in good performances.” I will not give up the selection in any way as long as I am driven and everyone else, if those by my side like my presence and leadership.
As Bruno Alves stated, I will not give my spot away for nothing. Feeling like an asset is a source of pride and inspiration. What I really want to do is aid Portugal.”