My World Cup dream has ended, Ronaldo says after Portugal’s ouster
Former Manchester United forward, Cristiano Ronaldo, has described the ouster of his country, Portugal from the 2022 World Cup by Morocco, as the end of his Mundial medal dream.
Portugal lost 1-0 to 10-man Morocco in Saturday’s quarter-finals clash, making history in the process as the first African team to reach the World Cup semi-finals.
Reacting on social media, Ronaldo thanked all those who supported him while the dream lasted.
He said, “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(Sic). 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.”