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Portugal won’t rule out Cristiano Ronaldo playing at Olympic Games in Rio

Portugal’s Olympic football coach, Rui Jorge, has refused to rule out selecting Cristiano Ronaldo for the upcoming tournament in Rio de Janeiro.

Ronaldo featured in the 2004 competition in Athens as a teenager, but would need to be selected as one the three designated over-23 players to be eligible for Rio.

And when Rui Jorge was asked about possibly including the Real Madrid forward, he wouldn’t completely rule out the possibility.

“We’ve still not decided exactly if we are going to select three players over 23,” he said.

“We’ll have to wait. But I won’t confirm Ronaldo’s presence.”

Portugal’s Olympic football coach, Rui Jorge, has refused to rule out selecting Cristiano Ronaldo for the upcoming tournament in Rio de Janeiro.

Ronaldo featured in the 2004 competition in Athens as a teenager, but would need to be selected as one the three designated over-23 players to be eligible for Rio.

And when Rui Jorge was asked about possibly including the Real Madrid forward, he wouldn’t completely rule out the possibility.

“We’ve still not decided exactly if we are going to select three players over 23,” he said.

“We’ll have to wait. But I won’t confirm Ronaldo’s presence.”

Real Madrid would undoubtedly not be too pleased with the 31-year-old playing both Euro 2016 and the Olympic Games later in the summer, but would likely bow to his request should the superstar insist on going to Brazil.

The final of the Olympic tournament is just a couple of days before the planned start of La Liga’s season, meaning Ronaldo would be expected to miss at the very least the Bernabeu club’s season opener.

But Rui Jorge conceded that taking a player of his quality would be huge for their chances of glory.

“Clearly he is one of the best players in the world,” he said.

“His contribution would be key in any team.”

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