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2022 World Cup playoff: You can’t surprise us like Italy, we’re better – Ronaldo warns Macedonia


Cristiano Ronaldo has emphatically told the Northern Macedonians that Portugal is not Italy and other big nations they defeated during the 2022 World Cup qualifying series.

Italy, who are the current European champions were stunned 1-0 by North Macedonia last week, ending their hopes of appearing in the 2022 World Cup, but Ronaldo says that surprise will not be sprung again.

“Macedonia surprised everyone but they will not surprise us,” Ronaldo told a pre-match press conference on Monday.

“Portugal will be better and go to the World Cup,” he added.

The 37-year-old football legend further called on his country’s supporters to be as loud as they were during the 3-1 win over Turkey last week.

Portugal defeated Turkey 3-1 to set up Tuesday’s meeting with Macedonia.

“I would like to sing our national anthem without music.

“If they are like they were on Thursday, I’m sure we will win,” Ronaldo said.

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