Cristiano Ronaldo has finally addressed Portugal’s shock exit from the 2022 World Cup and his international future, MySportDab reports.
The five times Ballond’Or winner left the Al Thumama stadium in tears after the team failed to overturn a narrow 1-0 lead from the first half in the quarterfinal clash against Morocco.
En-Nesyri put the Atlas Lions ahead with a nice header, and the goal was enough to give Africa the first representative in the semifinals of the FIFA World Cup in the history of the tournament.
Ronaldo has hoped to lead the Selecao to their first World Cup trophy to cap his heroic and epic career in football.
However, the Moroccans proved a tough nut for Portugal to break, as they defended their narrow lone goal to seal the semifinal spot.
Reacting to the defeat, Cristiano Ronaldo took to his social media pages to address his fans, international future, and the next step following the loss.
He admitted that winning the World Cup was his highest dream after he had recorded much success with clubs, including winning the Euro 2016 with the team.
He also added that he gave his all to achieve that dream in all the five World Cups he appeared in and never at any point gave up on the dream.
Ronaldo addressed speculations and controversies over his commitment to the national team, saying nothing has changed, and he still remains loyal to the team.
Here Is What He Said;
“Winning a World Cup for Portugal was the biggest and most ambitious dream of my career.
“Fortunately I won many titles of international dimension, including Portugal, but putting our country’s name on the highest foot in the World was my biggest dream.
“I fought for it . I fought hard for this dream. In the 5 appearances I scored in World Cups over 16 years, always by the side of great players and supported by millions of Portuguese, I gave my all.
“Leave it all out on the field. I never turned my face to the fight and I never gave up on that dream. Sadly yesterday the dream ended It’s not worth reacting to heat.
“I just want you all to know that much has been said, much has been written, much has been speculated, but my dedication to Portugal has not changed not for a moment.
“I was always one fighting for the objective of all and I would never turn my back on my colleagues and my country.
“Not much more to say for now. Thank you Portugal. Thank you Qatar. The dream was nice while it lasted… Now, it’s hoping that the weather will be good advisor and allow each one to draw their own conclusions.”
Ronaldo is currently a free agent after he mutually terminated his contract with Manchester United. There are offer from clubs in the Middle Easts, but he is pinning his hope on continuing top-flight football in Europe.