Three possible designs for Portugal’s 2022 World Cup home uniform have surfaced online, and they may be the worst in the competition.
After winning Euro 2016 six years ago, Fernando Santos’ squad will be trying to capture their second major trophy in Qatar next winter.
It’s likely to be Cristiano Ronaldo’s final World Cup, so you’d think Nike would be more motivated when it comes to the shirt they’ll be wearing.
You’d be mistaken. Portugal will wear a ‘half-and-half design in red and green,’ according to the ever-reliable Footy Headlines, to commemorate their 25-year partnership with the sportswear giant.
They’re not sure how the pattern will play out, but they’ve provided some ideas about what to expect, which you can see below.
They’re really striking, aren’t they? However, not in the greatest possible way.
Fans have reacted online, with many claiming that the two-color separation was a prank to begin with.
“What on earth are these?” one person wondered. Horrible!”
“I guess I won’t be buying a Portugal shirt this year,” another added.
“Wtf is this?” said a third. “Is this a joke?” you might wonder.
“Hot crap coming up,” someone added.
Ronaldo appears to be unconcerned with what he wears as long as he’s scoring goals for enjoyment.
The Manchester United striker scored twice in the Nations League triumph over Switzerland on Sunday.
Within the first quarter of an hour, William Carvalho put them ahead, and Ronaldo doubled their lead in the 35th minute. Bruno Fernandes, a club buddy, handed it to the 37-year-old, who made no mistakes.
Four minutes later, Ronaldo added a third goal, his second of the game, with cameras capturing his mother in tears in the grandstand.
After the interval, Joao Cancelo earned all three points.
In his post-match interview, Santos paid appreciation to captain Ronaldo, emphasizing that he is always present in crucial times.
According to Mais Futebol, he remarked, “The captain is the finest in the world.”
“He shows up. How many more words are needed when you declare he’s the finest in the world? I don’t know how many times I’ve stated this.
“These exhibitions aren’t unusual in any way. What about fan support? He’s the team’s captain and the ideal role model.”
Portugal returns to play against the Czech Republic on Thursday.