Portuguese Football Federation president Fernando Gomes says that the country is considering adding Cristiano Ronaldo to next year’s Olympic Team as an overage player
Portuguese Football Federation president Fernando Gomes says that the country is considering adding Cristiano Ronaldo to next year’s Olympic Team as an overage player.
Olympic rules stipulate that each squad can nominate three players who were born before Jan. 1, 1993 for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. If the FPF makes the move, that means the 30-year-old Ronaldo would also be able to participate in the Euro 2016, which starts June 11.
"It is a possibility," Gomes told Globoesporte. "We can bring three players aged over 23. Cristiano is one of those being considered, but we have not yet sat down to discuss it."
Ronaldo, who also plays for Real Madrid, also has to agree to play for the national team.
By the time the Olympics start next August, Real Madrid will be in the middle of their preseason. It is possible that Ronaldo could miss the start of the 2016–17 La Liga season if Portugal reaches the the Olympic final, which is scheduled to be played on Aug. 20, 2016.
Ronaldo, the FIFA Ballon d’Or winner each of the past two years, scored 61 goals in 54 matches with Real Madrid this year.
- Scooby Axson