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Ronaldo confident of Portugal avoiding World Cup qualifying loss to North MacedoniaPortugal faces a winner-take-all game Tuesday against North Macedonia, the team that shocked Italy last week to keep the four-time champions out of the World Cup for the second straight time. "I don't think they will surprise us ...," Cristiano Ronaldo says.

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With a spot on the line for what could be his fifth and final World Cup, Cristiano Ronaldo needs to avoid an upset like the one that ended Italy's hopes of making it to the tournament in Qatar.

Portugal faces a winner-take-all game on Tuesday against North Macedonia, the team that shocked Italy last week to keep the four-time champions out of the World Cup for the second straight time.

"We were surprised," Ronaldo told SportTV on Monday. "North Macedonia has surprised in many matches. But I don't think they will surprise us tomorrow. Portugal will play better and we will make it to the World Cup."

Portugal is trying to reach its sixth straight World Cup, and Ronaldo is hoping to play in his 10th consecutive major tournament after appearing in four World Cups and five European Championships since 2004.

"We know that if we win, we will go to the World Cup and if we lose we are out," he said. "We have the responsibility to be positive and win the match. I see everyone well prepared and wanting to be at their best tomorrow."

Ronaldo is the only player to have scored at least once in the finals of nine top tournaments in a row.

The highest scorer in men's international soccer, Ronaldo would be 41 by the time of the next World Cup if Portugal doesn't qualify to play this year in Qatar.

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The Manchester United forward didn't want to talk about the possibility of a World Cup without him.

"There is no World Cup without Portugal," Ronaldo said. "There are no individualities here."

Fresh off win over Turkey

Ronaldo said he is starting to hear repeated questions about his future and made it clear he is the only one who can decide on that.

"If I feel like playing, I will keep playing," he said. "If I don't, I won't."

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