“The dream is over”…Ronaldo breaks his silence after losing to Morocco and leaving the World Cup
Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo broke his silence after his country’s national team exited the 2022 World Cup quarter-finals after losing – yesterday, Saturday – to Morocco, 0-1.
Ronaldo said – in a post on his Instagram account – “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 for Portugal, but putting our country’s name on the highest level in the world was my biggest dream”.
Added “I fought for it. I fought hard for this dream. In the 5 presences I scored in World Cups over 16 years, always alongside great players and supported by millions of Portuguese people, I gave my all. I left everything on the field. I never turned my face to the fight and I never gave up on that dream”.
He continued, “Unfortunately, yesterday the dream ended. It is not worth reacting hot. I just want everyone to know that much has been said, much has been written, much has been speculated, but my dedication to Portugal has not changed for an instant. I was always one more person fighting for everyone’s goal and I would never turn my back on my teammates and my country”.
He concluded his statement saying “For now, there’s not much more to say. Thank you, Portugal. Thank you, Qatar. The dream was beautiful while it lasted… Now, it’s time to be a good advisor and allow each one to draw their own conclusions”.
Ronaldo is staying in Qatar
The Portuguese Football Association had confirmed that the Portuguese national team delegation left Doha – today, Sunday – but a group of ten players – including star Cristiano Ronaldo – remained with their families in Qatar.
The players left the Portuguese national team’s residence in Doha – Sunday morning – while the rest of the mission went to the airport in the morning. Borussia Dortmund player Rafael Guerrero remained in Qatar, like Ronaldo and other players.
The Portuguese national team bid farewell to the 2022 World Cup after losing to the Moroccan national team, and Moroccan striker Youssef Al-Nusairi scored the only goal of the match with a close-range header, after a cross from Yahya Atiyatallah in the 42nd minute.
Ronaldo left the stadium crying after the end of the 196th international match in his career, equaling the record registered in the name of Kuwaiti Bader Al-Mutawa.
Questions began as to whether the former Real Madrid and Manchester United star had written the last chapter in his international career with Portugal, content with 118 goals, which are the world’s top scorers at the national team level.
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