Cristiano Ronaldo has finally broken his silence after Portugal were knocked out of the Qatar 2022 World Cup by Morocco.
The heartbroken Ronaldo, who is almost certain to be playing in his final World Cup, went straight down the tunnel in tears after his dream ended.
His teammates Pepe and Bruno Fernandes scolded the referee and attempted to come to terms with the result, but the 37-year-old refused to speak to the media.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner has taken to social media to offer his assessment of their World Cup failure after being dropped from the starting lineup for both knockout games.
Ronaldo wrote on Instagram : “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 5 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 good advisor and allow each one to draw their own conclusions.”
Ronaldo’s girlfriend, Georgina Rodriguez, wasted no time taking aim at manager Fernando Santos after Portugal’s exit.
She wrote on social media: “You shouldn’t give your face for those who don’t deserve it.
“Today your friend and coach made the wrong decision. That friend for whom you have so many words of admiration and respect. The same one who, when putting you on the field, saw how everything changed, but it was too late.