Cristiano Ronaldo is one the greatest players in the history of this beautiful game and has been at the top for a very long time. He has delivered for both club and country and has been scoring goals for fun for more than a decade or so. Yesterday, Portugal and Ronaldo exited the Euros after a narrow 1-0 defeat to Belgium. Ronaldo might have just played his last ever game at the Euros, and people are keen to know who will lead this young Portuguese side once Ronaldo leaves.

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Bruno Fernandes

Bruno Fernandes has shown why he is known as the best Portuguese player in the premier league. It’s just been 18 months, but the midfielder’s impact over this short period is excellent and commendable. He has shown more than just glimpses of his leadership ability and has proved he can be a team leader like Manchester United. He can be the ideal candidate for this position.

Joao Felix

Felix had had a Topsy turvy career till now and was on top of the world before he made the big-money move to Atletico Madrid. He hasn’t been able to live up to the price tag. But in a fair few games, he has lighted up the mood and has driven the team to victory. He can indeed lead the line and can be a leader for the future.

Ruben Neves

Ruben Neves is one of the most underrated midfielders and is still young and has a long way to go. His impact over the past few years at Wolves has surely impressed everyone. He is a ball winner, and his long-range shooting is something people admire. He is also one who can give Bruno a tough fight for the new role.

Anthony Lopes

Anthony Lopes had a stellar 20/21 season, denying goals for strikers and saving shots from difficult positions. He is one of the most sought-after keepers and is still pretty young. At the same time, he is a leader at the back and demands a lot from his defenders. He knows how to lead teams and has shown it through his keeping ability. Still young, his first task is to get the goalkeeping position for his country.

Ruben Dias

Ruben Dias has become one of the toughest defenders of all time, and it can be seen through his stellar performances over the last two seasons for club and country. He has solidified the Man City defense and shown strength for Portugal as well. He hints at a captain like Vincent Kompany, and people believe he can live up to the name. 


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Whoever Portugal chooses as a successor once Ronaldo retires from International Football should know the task at hand and should have the ability to deliver just like him. The players listed in this article are the very best in their field and have shown it repeatedly.