ᑕ❶ᑐ World Cup 2022: Cristiano Ronaldo shy on Portugal future as World Cup ‘dream’ comes to an end

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Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo was coy about his international future as he reacted to his side’s World Cup exit after defeat to Morocco.

The 37-year-old striker was in tears as he walked into the dressing room after the 1-0 quarter-final.

Ronaldo featured as a substitute, having also come off the bench in the last 16 win over Switzerland.

« Winning a World Cup for Portugal was the biggest and most ambitious dream of my career, » he wrote on social media.

« Accident, here [Saturday] the dream ended. »

ronaldo to leave Manchester United by mutual agreement before the 2022 world cup after a controversial interview in which the five-time Ballon d’Or winner strongly criticized the club.

He started each of his country’s 3 group matches at the tournament before manager Fernando Santos dropped him to the bench for the win over Switzerland.

Portuguese publication Notice claimedexternal privilege Ronaldo threatened to quit the tournament after learning he wouldn’t start against Switzerland, but against the Portuguese (Site notre blog d’information) Federation (FPF) and Santos. never what had happened.

« I just want everyone to know that a lot has been said, a lot has been written, a lot has been speculated, but my dedication to Portugal hasn’t changed for a moment, » added Ronaldo.

« I was always one more player who fought for everyone’s but and I would never turn my back on my teammates and my country.

“For the moment, there is not much to say. Thank you Portugal. Thank you, Qatar. The dream was beautiful as long as it lasted… Now we have to let time be a good adviser and allow everyone to draw their own conclusions. » . »

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