I never gave up on that dream- Watch Cristiano Ronaldo Finally breaks silence after tearful World Cup exit
After Portugal was eliminated from the World Cup, Cristiano Ronaldo spoke out, expressing his regret but adamant that his dedication to his nation has never faltered.
Ronaldo scored in Portugal’s opening match against Ghana, but Fernando Santos, the team’s head coach, unceremoniously benched him after seeing how he reacted to being taken out against South Korea.
The 37-year-old substitute player did not make an impression as Portugal’s World Cup hopes were shattered in a 1-0 defeat to Morocco in the quarterfinal.
Ronaldo did not address the media immediately after the game and was seen sobbing as he walked down the tunnel at full time.
In a lengthy Instagram post, 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 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 became the first man to score at five World Cups with his goal against Ghana, but now looks certain to retire without having scored in a World Cup knockout match.