Cristiano Ronaldo – Portugal

A late equaliser for Israel all but ended any hopes Portugal and Cristiano Ronaldo had of qualifying automatically ahead of Russia and they will almost certainly face a playoff to make the Brazil trip.

Despite having one of the world’s top two players in Cristiano Ronaldo captaining them, Portugal are maddeningly inconsistent and there would be no guarantee of them making it through a playoff. Brazil 2014 with Neymar and Messi but no Cristiano Ronaldo would be a travesty, but there is more than a slight chance that it could happen.

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