Portugal captain and five-time Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo has broken his silence after his side’s exit from the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Portugal succumbed to a shock 1-0 defeat at the hands of Morocco in the quarter-final stage of the tournament.
Ronaldo says winning the World Cup was his biggest dream (AP)
By India Today Web Desk: Portugal captain and five-time Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo has broken his silence after his side’s exit from the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Portugal succumbed to a shock 1-0 defeat at the hands of Morocco in the quarter-final stage of the tournament.
The former Manchester United and Real Madrid forward took to Instagram to relay a message after Portugal’s elimination from the World Cup. The 37-year-old said winning the World Cup was his biggest dream, adding that he fought hard for this dream.
“Winning a World Cup for Portugal was the biggest and most ambitious dream of my career. Fortunately, I won many international titles, including with 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,” Ronaldo posted.
He went on to say that he left it out on the pitch and never turned his face from a challenge and never gave up on his 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,” Ronaldo added.
Ronaldo said his dedication has never changed for the national team, insisting that he would never turn his back on his colleagues and his country.
“Sadly, yesterday the dream ended. It’s not worth reacting to the 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 added.