The day after Portugal lost to Morocco (0-1) in the quarter-finals of the World Cup, Cristiano Ronaldo posted a long message on social networks, characterized by sadness and regret. The Portuguese in particular lamented the end of his “dream” : to become world champion with the Portuguese selection.
“Let’s hope that time will be a good advisor and allow everyone to draw their conclusions”, wrote Ronaldo on his Instagram account. “Winning the World Cup with Portugal was the biggest and most ambitious dream of my career. I fought a lot for this dream” but “unfortunately the dream ended yesterday (Saturday)”, he regretted.
At the final whistle against Morocco, synonymous with early elimination, Cristiano Ronaldo left the stadium broken and shaken by tears. The 37-year-old, who was competing in his fifth World Cup, did not talk about international retirement, but the last two games that Portugal played in Qatar, started on the bench, showed that the generational change was underway.
In particular, the Portuguese’s lack of tenure for the round of 16 against Switzerland (6-1) sparked controversy. According to the Portuguese press, Ronaldo had threatened to leave the group, but Portuguese coach Fernando Santos had rejected that.
“There is no reason to react warmly. I want everyone to know that despite all that has been said, all that has been written, all the speculation that my dedication has never wavered. I will never turn my back on my teammates and my country.”secured the five-time Ballon d’Or on Sunday.