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Cristiano Ronaldo is now plying his trade in Saudi Arabia after leaving Manchester United leading to suggestions he is no longer a key player for Portugal.

Many believed that Portugals World Cup quarter final exit to Morocco would be Cristiano Ronaldos last appearance in international football. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

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Cristiano Ronaldo is said to have already met with new Portugal manager Roberto Martinez, as the pair reportedly discussed the Al-Nassr strikers international future during a meeting in Riyadh last week.

37-year-oldRonaldosigned a deal worth 175 million-per-year to sign for Al-Nassr last month following his difficult separation fromManchester United. Martinez, meanwhile, was visiting the Middle Eastern country to attend the Spanish Super Cup, which is when they organised a sit-down, according toLEquipe.

Both suffered disappointment during theQatar World Cup, which ultimately led into their conversation.

READ MORE:Why did Cristiano Ronaldo leave Manchester United? Exit and Al-Nassr move explained

The formerWigan AthleticandEvertonboss walked away from his role with Belgium following their underwhelming group stage exit, whilst Portugals leading appearance-maker and goalscorer was dropped by then-manager Fernando Santos in the knockout stages as they were sent home by Morocco in the quarter finals, leaving the pitch in tears after what many believed would be his last hoorah.

However, it is increasingly likely that wont be the case, as the French publication report that Martinezs arrival may mean there is a future for Ronaldo in the Seleção squad.

They say that Martinez is very keen to have Ronaldo around for Portugals upcoming Euro 2024 qualification campaign and the Spaniard hinted at Ronaldos continued importance at his unveiling last week: Decisions are made on the pitch, he said. I dont make decisions in the office. I hope to contact all the players.

Cristiano Ronaldo is a player that makes the list, he has been in the national team for 19 years. I hope we can sit down with him and create the best team.

Well, it appears that Martinez is wasting no time as he looks to get his affairs in order straight away. He will take to the dugout for the first time with in his second international managerial job in the March to take on Liechtenstein and Luxembourg - the first fixtures in Portugals road to Germany 2024.

It sounds largely positive for Ronaldo should he wish to right his countrys wrongs and end his career on a high - after all, it cant get much worse than the recent World Cup, seeing his peer Lionel Messi go on to lift the coveted trophy.

For now though, his focus will be getting off the mark in his new home, Saudi Arabia. The former United forward captained a Saudi All-Star XI against Messis PSG in an exhibition fixture on Thursday, and will make his Al-Nassr debut in the Saudi Pro League later this month.

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