Cristiano Ronaldo says he is "happy" that an invitation was extended to him to join Portugal for their Euro 2024 qualifiers.
He was named in Portugal's squad to face Liechtenstein and Luxembourg by new coach Roberto Martinez who described the five-time Ballon d'Or winner as a "very important" player for his team last Friday.
This came as a surprise considering that there were questions marks about the international future of the 38-year-old who was dropped to the bench at the World Cup and had to leave the pitch in tears after Portugal lost to Morocco in Qatar.
Taking to Twitter on Tuesday night to express his excitement, he wrote: "Very happy to represent our national team and be able to represent Portugal again."
Muito feliz por voltar à nossa seleção e poder representar novamente Portugal!???? pic.twitter.com/TuVSZ4D8as
— Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) March 21, 2023
On Monday, the Al Nassr hitman was pictured training with his teammates after landing in Portugal.
He took part in some conditioning work in his first call up since moving to Saudi Arabia as part of preparations for the fixtures against Liechtenstein and Luxembourg on March 23 and 26 respectively.
The two qualifying matches affords Ronaldo the opportunity to become the most capped player in international football history.
He is tied on 196 caps with Kuwait forward Badr Al-Mutawa and can break the record on home soil on Thursday if Martinez decides to throw him into the action.