Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has admitted that Portugal is now among potential World Cup challengers due to Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Portuguese boss, whose national team will be in the 2018 World Cup in Russia, has confirmed that nothing is impossible for Portugal in Ronaldo presence.

Portugal captain Ronaldo was a key figure during Euro 2016, and the five-time Ballon d’Or winner leads his side into the World Cup ranked fourth in Fifa’s rankings.

The European champions might be considered as the underdog in World Cup, but Mourinho believes that Ronaldo means everything for The Navigators.

“Portugal has an interesting squad,” Mourinho told ESPN. “Without Cristiano, it would be impossible, but with him nothing is impossible.”

“I believe that the Argentinian national team without Lionel Messi wouldn’t be a contender, but with him, they are one of the favourites.”

“I like very much the basic structure of Brazil, their tactical [approach] and mentality. There is a mixture of natural Brazilian talent and a serious approach, physically, tactically.”

“It is a team capable of defending well, allowing few goals, with a good support base. And then up front with Willian, Neymar, [Philippe] Coutinho and [Gabriel] Jesus – they are all players with outstanding qualities.

Portugal will be alongside Iran, Morocco and 2014 World Cup winners Spain in Group B. Meanwhile, Spain is mostly considered as favourites along with Germany, France, Belgium, Brazil and Argentina.

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