Fernandes said this while applauding Ronaldo for his impact on the Portuguese football team.
Speaking about Ronaldo’s importance for Selecao das Quinas, the 29-year-old told L’Equipe,
“We all know it, the power and the impact that Cristiano has, and has had on many of us Portuguese players, the opportunities he created for subsequent generations.
“Portugal was already regarded with respect, but after what Cristiano accomplished and did in the world, our name became more feared.
“We are obviously grateful to live in his time. Because we have the privilege of seeing Cristiano play. I feel privileged to play with him. Like all the other players who are here with him.”
Meanwhile, Ronaldo scored twice in Portugal’s 3-2 victory over Slovakia on October 13.
His brace ensured Portugal qualified for next year’s Euro 2024 in Germany.