Cristiano Ronaldo, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner and captain of Portugal, claims that his ambition of helping his country win the World Cup is over.
Morocco defeated Portugal on Saturday to advance to the 2022 World Cup quarterfinals in Qatar.
The largest and most ambitious dream of my career, he added, “was winning a World Cup for Portugal. Fortunately, I was able to win a number of awards with a global scope, including one from Portugal, but my fondest desire was to see our nation’s name on the highest foot in the world.
“I battled for it. For this dream, I battled valiantly. I gave it my all during the five World Cup appearances in which I scored during a 16-year period, constantly playing with outstanding players and with the backing of countless Portuguese fans. Put everything on the line. I never stopped fighting and I never gave up on my dream.
The dream sadly came to an end yesterday. Heat reaction is not worthwhile (Sic). Just so you know, despite all the talk, speculation, and writing, my commitment to Portugal has not wavered in the slightest. I always stood up for the common good and would never abandon my nation, my coworkers, or myself.
Not much else to say at this time. Regards, Portugal. Regards, Qatar. While it lasted, the dream was pleasant. It is now hoped that the weather would serve as a good guide and enable everyone to reach their own decisions”.