The dream was beautiful while it lasted: Cristiano Ronaldo breaks silence after Portugal’s exit from Qatar
Heartbroken Cristiano Ronaldo put out an emotional post on his official social media accounts after his dream ended of winning the FIFA World Cup 2022 tournament in Qatar.
Cristiano Ronaldo said on Sunday, “there’s no point in reacting in the heat of the moment,” as he responded to Portugal’s World Cup elimination.
Ronaldo stayed in Qatar as many of the Portugal squad returned home and landed in Lisbon on Sunday afternoon.
Cristiano Ronaldo puts out emotional post after FIFA World Cup 2022 exit.
Portugal icon Cristiano Ronaldo posted his thoughts on Instagram after his team were knocked out in the quarterfinals by a game Morocco side.
“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 the name of our country on the highest level in the world was my biggest dream,” he wrote on the social media site.
Ronaldo has been in the eye of the proverbial storm since he landed in Qatar. Be it his hugely publicized departure from Manchester United before he kicked a ball in the World Cup to his gesture after being subbed off by Portugal coach Fernando Santos during a 1-2 loss to South Korea during the group stages, every single move he has made has been scrutinized.
According to the Portuguese press, Ronaldo threatened to leave the squad after he was dropped from the starting lineup, but that was denied by coach Fernando Santos, who will soon meet with the Portuguese Football Association to discuss his own future.
“Unfortunately, yesterday the dream ended. 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,” Ronaldo would go on to add in the Instagram post.
Portugal central defender Pepe was asked about his former Real Madrid club mate, as he returned on Sunday. He said Ronaldo was “fine”.
“I want to thank him, as well as all my teammates who gave their best,” said Pepe.
Heartbroken Cristiano Ronaldo put out an emotional post on his official social media accounts after his dream ended of winning the FIFA World Cup 2022 tournament in Qatar.Cristiano Ronaldo said on Sunday, “there’s no point in reacting in the heat of the moment,” as he responded to Portugal’s World Cup elimination.
Ronaldo stayed in Qatar as many of the Portugal squad returned home and landed in Lisbon on Sunday afternoon.Ronaldo would go on to add in the Instagram post.
”Ganhar um Mundial por Portugal era o maior e mais ambicioso sonho da minha carreira. Felizmente ganhei muitos títulos de dimensão internacional, inclusive por Portugal, mas colocar o nome do nosso país no patamar mais alto do Mundo era o meu maior sonho.
Lutei para isso. Lutei muito por esse sonho. Nas 5 presenças que marquei em Mundiais ao longo de 16 anos, sempre ao lado de grandes jogadores e apoiado por milhões de portugueses, dei tudo de mim. Deixei tudo em campo. Nunca virei a cara à luta e nunca desisti desse sonho.
Infelizmente, ontem o sonho acabou. Não vale a pena reagir a quente. Quero apenas que todos saibam que muito se disse, muito se escreveu, muito se especulou, mas a minha dedicação a Portugal não mudou nem por instante. Fui sempre mais um a lutar pelo objectivo de todos e jamais viraria as costas aos meus companheiros e ao meu país.
Por agora, não há muito mais a dizer. Obrigado, Portugal. Obrigado, Catar. O sonho foi bonito enquanto durou… Agora, é esperar que o tempo seja bom conselheiro e permita que cada um tire as suas conclusões. 🙏🏽❤️🇵🇹”
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