At some point after departing the sector in tears in Qatar, Cristiano Ronaldo says his dream of profitable the World Cup for Portugal has “ended.”
In his first public feedback since Portugal was eradicated by upstart Morocco within the quarterfinals, the 37-year-old worldwide famous person admitted in a social-media post-Sunday that it’s “time to take inventory” of his profession after 19 years with the nationwide staff.
“To win a World Cup for Portugal was the most important and most formidable dream of my profession,” Ronaldo wrote on Instagram. “I fought for it. I fought loads for that dream. Within the 5 occasions I used to be current in World Cups all through 16 years, at all times subsequent to nice gamers and supported by thousands and thousands of Portuguese, I gave it my all.
“I left the whole lot on the pitch. I by no means confronted away from the combat and I by no means gave up on that dream…Sadly, that dream ended [Saturday].”
Ronaldo scored just one aim in Portugal’s 5 matches within the event — on a penalty kick within the group-stage opener in opposition to Ghana. He got here off the bench in two knockout-round video games after being faraway from the beginning lineup by supervisor Fernando Santos.
Ronaldo grew to become the primary participant to attain in 5 World Cups, however he won’t get one other likelihood in North America in 2026, when he can be 41.
“There’s no level in reacting rashly,” Ronaldo wrote. “I simply need all people to know that loads has been stated, loads has been written, loads has been speculated about, however my dedication to Portugal has by no means wavered for an prompt.
Cristiano Ronaldo reacts following missed alternative to attain throughout World Cup quarterfinal in opposition to Morocco at Al Thumama Stadium in Doha, Qatar, on Saturday.AP
Ronaldo (17) was part of Portugal’s 2006 fourth-place World Cup end, their second-best World Cup efficiency in program historical past after ending third in 1966.Getty Pictures
“For now, there’s not a lot else to say. Thanks, Portugal. Thanks, Qatar. The dream was lovely whereas it lasted… Now, we await what time will inform and permit everybody to take their very own conclusions.”
Within the meantime, Ronaldo is with no membership staff following the termination of his contract by Manchester United final month after he criticized the English Premier League membership in an explosive interview with Piers Morgan. Experiences have indicated that Ronaldo might land a large take care of Saudi Arabian membership Al-Nassr.