Cristiano Ronaldo has broken his silence after Portugal were knocked out of the World Cup by Morocco.
The 37-year-old striker in a social media post on Sunday, December 11, 2022, admitted his dream of lifting the World Cup is over after Saturday’s semi-final defeat to Morocco.
Ronaldo cut an emotional figure as he went straight down the tunnel in tears after seeing his dream ended.
The 37-year-old did not speak to the press in the mixed zone, whilst other teammates such as Pepe and Bruno Fernandes took aim at the referee and attempted to come to terms with the result.
The post reads: “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, the dream ended. It’s not worth reacting to 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 a good advisor and allow each one to draw their own conclusions.”