Cristiano Ronaldo, the captain of Portugal, will be playing in his 10th straight major tournament in a streak that started at Euro 2004.
Italy missed out on the FIFA World Cup finals again after losing to North Macedonia in their European qualifying playoff. North Macedonia face Portugal next.
Cristiano Ronaldo is confident that Portugal will play better than Italy against North Macedonia and will make it to the FIFA World Cup in Qatar that takes place this year.
Italy failed to qualify for the 2018 edition. Missing two straight FIFA World Cups would be an unprecedented low for the four-time champions.
Portugal and Cristiano Ronaldo kept their hopes of reaching the FIFA World Cup 2022 finals alive with a 3-1 win over Turkey in their European qualifying play-off semis.