Cristiano Ronaldo has generated headlines for not featuring the national team Portugal in the Euro League of Nations. The Portuguese playmaker has not feature for the Portuguese national team since the round 16 game against Uruguay in the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Media channels are of the opinion that the player, who was alleged to be in a sex scandal could be nearing a retirement from international duty. While retirement was speculated, other media channels were of the opinion that the Juventus forward could be in a rift with Fernando Santos, but the Portuguese tactician has come out to clear the air.

In his absence, the national team became the first to qualify after their barren draw with Italy on Saturday.

Fernando Santos in his post-match conference responded that the former Manchester United and Real Madrid attacker remains an integral part of his squad.

“There is no doubt. If you still have doubts, I don’t know,” he told a news conference.

“But Cristiano Ronaldo is part of this team.”

The Juventus forward remains the all-time great for the Portuguese National team with 85 goals in 154 career appearance. Portugal are back in action on Tuesday against Poland, who are already relegated, to close the group stage of the Nations League.