Nottingham Forest-linked Goncalo Ramos has been given the nod to start for Portugal ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo tonight. Switzerland, and Remo Freuler, stand in the way of them reaching the final eight of the World Cup.

It’s pretty astonishing that Ronaldo has been dropped. Hopefully, boss Fernando Santos is held in higher regard than Erik ten Hag was otherwise, Piers Morgan might just be preparing to drop another exclusive!

Ronaldo has played in all three of Portugal’s games so far. But, Santos has decided not to start him this evening, instead preferring the youthful exuberance of Ramos.

Forest linked Ramos
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Forest were linked with the signing of the striker last January. Dane Murphy wanted to sign one of three strikers from overseas, with Ramos being eyed for a high-profile loan move to the City Ground.

The Reds have definitely missed the boat with regard to Ramos. He’s worth an absolute fortune and Newcastle are starting to show an interest in his services ahead of the January transfer window.

The 21-year-old has made a blistering start to the 2022/23 campaign with Benfica. He’s bagged 14 goals and claimed six assists and it’s only natural that other clubs are courting him.

Forest-linked Ramos starts for Portugal at World Cup

This is a huge chance for a fantastic player. Ramos has waited patiently for an opportunity and he will hope to grasp it with both hands against Switzerland tonight.

Whether Ramos remains on the books at Benfica beyond January remains to be seen. He will have lots of interest and big bids can be expected.

Forest linked Ramos
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Leaving Ronaldo out of the starting line-up is quite something. Santos isn’t prepared to take any rubbish from his talisman though and he will have to learn that he’s not in charge.

Ramos now has the weight of a nation on his shoulders. He’s deemed the future poster boy of Portuguese football and tonight he must prove why.

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