Portugal boss Santos backs Ronaldo to find scoring form

Fernando Santos is certain Juventus superstar Cristiano Ronaldo will soon prove he remains as prolific as ever.

Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo.   -  Getty Images

Cristiano Ronaldo's misfiring start to his Juventus career will not last long, according to Portugal head coach Fernando Santos.

Ronaldo is yet to score in Serie A despite playing full matches against Chievo, Lazio and Parma.

Questions have been raised as to whether Juve has been misguided in paying €112million to sign him from Real Madrid.

Santos, though, offered reassuring words to the superstar forward, telling a news conference: "Wait a little and you will see the goals that Ronaldo will score."

The 33-year-old will miss Portugal's Nations League opener against Italy on Monday after opting to skip the international break.

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Ronaldo's absence was keenly felt during the recent friendly draw with Croatia as Andre Silva failed to impress with a chance to lead the line.

Santos remains certain Portugal still has enough quality to mix it with an Azzurri side that was held 1-1 by Poland on Friday.

"The players have great confidence and great ability, but we also know the quality of Italy," Santos said.

"We know they have a great desire to avenge missing the World Cup and want to show their value in this new competition.

"It will be a clash of two great teams. There are no favourites."

Borussia Dortmund left-back Raphael Guerreiro will also sit out against Italy after picking up a thigh problem.