2016–present: 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification and 2017 Confederations Cup
In Portugal's opening match of the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup against Mexico on 17 June, Cristiano Ronaldo set-up Quaresma's opening goal in an eventual 2–2 draw.Three days later, he scored in a 1–0 win over hosts Russia. On 24 June, he scored from a penalty in a 4–0 win over New Zealand, which enabled Portugal to top their group and advance to the semi-finals of the competition; with his 75th international goal, Cristiano Ronaldo also equalled Sándor Kocsis as the second-highest European international goalscorer of all time, behind only Ferenc Puskás He was named man of the match in all three of Portugal's group matches. Ronaldo left the competition early. After Chile defeated Portugal 3–0 on penalties in the semi-finals, he was allowed to return home to be with his newborn children. Therefore, he missed Portugal's third-place play-off match in which Portugal defeated Mexico 2–1 after extra time.