Five-time Ballon d’Or award winner, Cristiano Ronaldo, has said his dream to win the World Cup for Portugal has ended.
Ronaldo said this in a post on social media following Portugal’s 1-0 loss to Morocco in the quarter-final of the Qatar 2022 World Cup on Saturday.
A first-half goal by Youssef En-Nesyri sent Portugal packing while the North African team booked a spot in the semi-finals against defending champions France.
Reacting, Ronaldo wrote, “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 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. In the five 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.
“Sadly, yesterday (Saturday) the dream ended. It’s not worth reacting to heat(Sic). I just want you all to know that much has been said, much has been written, and 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 a good advisor and allow each one to draw their own conclusions.”