|Cristiano Ronaldo says World Cup dream has ‘ended’ after Portugal’s elimination | Football News|
Morocco, on Saturday, eradicated Portugal to change into the primary African staff to succeed in the FIFA World Cup semis.
A visibly upset Ronaldo after the defeat was in tears as photos of him in an emotional state stormed the social media.
In his first feedback after the elimination, Ronaldo mentioned that it was ‘time to take inventory’ with out saying explicitly if he desires to hold on being out there for Portugal.
“There’s no level in reacting rashly,” Ronaldo wrote. “I simply need everyone to know that rather a lot has been mentioned, rather a lot has been written, rather a lot has been speculated about, however my dedication to Portugal has by no means wavered for an instantaneous.
“I’ve all the time been only one extra (Portuguese) combating for everybody’s aim. I’d by no means flip my again on my teammates or my nation.”
Ronaldo, who’s the all-time main scorer in males’s worldwide soccer with 118 targets, mentioned placing Portugal “on the best degree on the planet” was his largest dream.
“In my 5 appearances at World Cups over 16 years, all the time taking part in alongside nice gamers and supported by hundreds of thousands of Portuguese, I’ve given my all,” he wrote. “I left all the things I had on the pitch. I’ll by no means shrink from a battle and I’ve by no means given up on that dream.
“Unfortunately, that dream ended yesterday.”
Ronaldo mentioned he would “let everybody draw their very own conclusions.”
“For now. There’s not a lot else to say. Thank you, Portugal. Thank you, Qatar. The dream was stunning so long as it lasted.”
The subsequent main match is the European Championship in 2024. Ronaldo can be 41 by the point of the 2026 World Cup within the United States, Canada and Mexico.
(With inputs from AP)