In Episode 65 of the Seleção podcast, host Danny Pinto is joined by Sean Gillen of PortuGOAL.net to discuss all the comings and goings of the 2022 summer transfer window involving Seleção players. 

Danny and Sean talk about Cristiano Ronaldo staying at Manchester United, what the perception of CR7 has been during this window, and what staying at Old Trafford could mean for the Seleção at the World Cup.

The discussion then moves onto the numerous Portugal players on the move this summer, which transfers Sean liked/disliked, and who (outside of CR7) was Sean surprised not to get a move in this window. 

To listen to the podcast click on the play button below:

 

 Related: Who will make Portugal’s FIFA World Cup 2022 squad?

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When looking towards Qatar: The fact that one player dominates the discussions in a way that is way way way much above the benefits that he can bring to the Seleção these days, shows the extremely unhealthy development of the National Team. It is...

When looking towards Qatar: The fact that one player dominates the discussions in a way that is way way way much above the benefits that he can bring to the Seleção these days, shows the extremely unhealthy development of the National Team. It is the elephant in the room, that the balance has gone to the other side and having CR not in the squad is of more value that having him. Today, Ronaldo's shadow is much bigger than himself (can anybody draw a cartoon on that?). All those who will hate me for that: be sure that I don't care. Opinions are free, but I think I have more evidence for my take on the picture. Just look at Bruno. Not that he has to be a starter for Portugal, but the difference is obvious.
Renato at Milan would of course have been the much better choice than PSG. He together with Leão at Milan would have been the perfect match and a huge asset for Milan, probably lifting them in position fight for the Scudetto. Anyway - maybe it pans out better that expected at PSG. I hope so because Renato is one of the real a key players for the NT, not an imaginary one.
Many other transfers really good steps, and it is obvious that many Portuguese players are in an exceptional early form already. Nations League games will be a pleasure to watch I hope.
Bottom line there would be reasons for a lots of optimism when talking about Qatar. It is the very last chance for Fernando Santos to prove his critics wrong. He would have to be very very brave. Bit he won't. And oh man, yes this is what so totally sucks. Força!

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Looking on the bright side, perhaps Erik ten Hag has done some of the "dirty work" for Santos. CR7 has surely (hopefully?) been humbled to some extent. The idea of CR7 starting off the bench is less unthinkable today than it was 6 months ago.

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