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The North Macedonia stars have offered almost £500,000 if they knock Portugal out of the World Cup by Cristiano Ronaldo

PLAYERS from the North Macedonia squad will reportedly receive a cash bonus worth almost £500,000 if they qualify for the World Cup.

The only thing standing in the way of their World Cup dream and a hefty bonus is Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal.

The North Macedonia side will earn almost £500,000 if they beat Portugal tonight

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The North Macedonia side will earn almost £500,000 if they beat Portugal tonightPhoto credit: Reuters

North Macedonia stunned the world last week by knocking Italy out of the World Cup play-offs after a last-minute 1-0 win.

Now they can qualify for a first-ever World Cup tonight by beating Ronaldo and Portugal.

And stars from the tiny nation have added incentive to qualify for this year’s tournament in Qatar.

Prime Minister Dimitar Kovacevski has personally promised to pay the side £421,000 (€500,000) if they repeat their exploits tonight, according to the Mirror.

North Macedonia’s appearance at Euro 2020 last year was the country’s first ever at a major tournament.

They lost all three games and failed in the group stage, but dream of playing back-to-back tournaments.

Aleksandar Trajkovski’s 92nd-minute strike against Italy last Thursday propelled North Macedonia onto the world’s greatest stage in 90 minutes.

But now they have to beat Portugal, a side 59 places above them by FIFA, to book their ticket to Qatar.

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And the £421,000 bonus that would be raised could be enough to see her travel first class.

And Manchester United captain and star Ronaldo is confident he will lead his side to victory and secure their place at a fifth World Cup.

Speaking to SportTV ahead of the game, he said: “We already know that if we win we’ll go to the World Cup, if we lose we’re out. We have a responsibility to be positive and win game.

“Macedonia surprised in many games but I don’t think it will surprise us tomorrow. Portugal will be better and we will go to the World Cup.”

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