Anthony Martial Morgan Schneiderlin France
Anthony Martial at a training session for France with his new Manchester United teammate Morgan SchneiderlinReuters

Cristiano Ronaldo might be the most high-profile player in the friendly match between Portugal and France on Friday, but it will be 19-year-old Anthony Martial, who finds himself in the spotlight, after his record-breaking move to Manchester United from Monaco on transfer deadline day.

Martial became the most expensive teenager of all-time when he completed a £36million move to Manchester United, with that fee potentially rising all the way to £58m.

Anytime such a massive transfer is made, the spotlight inevitably falls on you, and it will be interesting to see how Martial copes with it, with the forward expected to make his debut for France in this friendly against Portugal.

"I do not feel any particular pressure," Martial said to L'Equipe when asked about making his debut for France after the big move to Manchester United. "I'm happy to have joined such a big club in England and I hope everything goes well.

"It was already a dream for me to be with Les Bleus. I want to prove my worth at United.

"I will have a higher exposure at Manchester United. I see no reason why it will go wrong. It's true that there have been many young players that have moved to bigger clubs and some have succeeded and others not. But I think I'm ready."

France, who are the hosts of Euro 2016, are looking to recover from two consecutive losses, and with Portugal likely to save most of their energy for the crucial European qualifier against Albania on Monday, Didier Deschamps' men could break that run on Friday.

"We must resume our journey for Euro 2016, and we must get back our form," Deschamps said. "The last stage was a disappointment, in terms of content and results, so we have to correct the mistakes, because we have the quality to do so.

"Let's play games with level selections, the first of which against Portugal, in which we must regain our momentum, will and aggression.

"We want to erase the image left in the game against Albania because, despite being a particular game, we must be aware of the requirements existing at the international level."

Ronaldo, if he plays – and he is expected to – will earn his 121st cap for Portugal and how the Real Madrid superstar and former Manchester United compares with Martial, who Manchester United are undoubtedly hoping is Ronaldo's heir apparent at Old Trafford, will be an interesting watch, even if it might not be an entirely fair contest.

Where to Watch Live

Portugal vs France will begin at 8.30 pm local time (7.30 pm BST, 12.15 am IST, 2.30 pm ET). Sony Kix will provide the live coverage of the match in India and the rest of the subcontinent.

Viewers in the US can catch all the action live on Fox Sports, while the friendly game can also be watched via online live streaming on FoxSoccer2go. TF1 will show the match live in France, while audience in Portugal can watch Ronaldo and the rest in action on RTP 1.

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