Cristiano Ronaldo’s eternal dream to win the shining trophy of the FIFA World Cup with Portugal was crushed by Morocco in the quarterfinals of the 2022 edition.
The 37-year-old Portuguese was benched in two successive matches against Switzerland and Morocco and came from the bench when his side was down 1-0 against the African nation. But he failed to make any difference in the remaining second half.
After failing to make much impact, he was seen walking off the pitch alone, and once he was inside, tears flowed unstoppably from this Portuguese legend’s eyes. The video of the superstar crying went viral on social media after fans worldwide were struck by shock and grief.
If this disbelieving outcome was less, Ronaldo has also been going through a lot this year; he lost his newborn earlier this year and was surrounded by controversy after expressing his disappointment in his former club. He is now rendered clubless and a second option for his nation.
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In an emotional post on Instagram, where Cristiano is the most followed person, he expressed his grief by writing a heartfelt excerpt.
“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.”
“I fought for it. I fought hard for this dream. In the 5 presences that 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,”
“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,” Cristiano added.
“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,” the Portuguese signed off.