The superstar forward is now unattached at club level after his acrimonious early exit from Manchester United, but still seems fully focused on the task at hand in Qatar.
Both Ronaldo and coach Fernando Santos give this freakishly talented Portuguese squad reasons to doubt themselves. The brand of football under Santos is hardly inspiring, while the idea that a 37-year-old Ronaldo is blocking emerging talent is just as prevalent on the international stage as it is at club level.
Ghana, meanwhile, edged past Nigeria in the qualifiers to book their spot in the finals. Coach Otto Addo is working on a part-time basis as things stand in conjunction with his role as a scout for Borussia Dortmund and oversees a team in transition, with the continued presence of the Ayew brothers up front a sore subject.
Here’s everything you need to know about the game...
Date, kick-off time and venue
The World Cup group stage game is scheduled for a 4pm GMT kick-off time on Thursday November 24, 2022.
Stadium 974 in Doha will host.
Where to watch Portugal vs Ghana
TV channel: The game will be broadcast live free-to-air on ITV1, with coverage starting at 3pm.
Live stream: The ITV Hub and ITV website will offer a free live stream online.
LIVE coverage: Follow all the action LIVE with Standard Sport’s dedicated match blog.
Portugal vs Ghana team news
Portugal XI: Costa; Cancelo, Danilo, Dias, Guerreiro; Neves, Otavio; Silva, Fernandes, Felix; Cristiano Ronaldo.
Ghana XI: Zigi; Amartey, Seidu, Djiku, Salisu, Rahman; Abdul Samed, Partey, Kudus; Williams, A. Ayew.
Portugal vs Ghana prediction
Talented as they may be, Portugal have been abject of late. For that reason, it would not be a surprise to see Ghana take a point.
Head to head (h2h) history and results
Portugal wins: 1
Ghana wins: 0
Portugal vs Ghana odds
Portugal to win: 1/3
Ghana to win: 17/2
Odds via Betfair (Subject to change).