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‘The dream was stunning so long as it lasted,’ Cristiano Ronaldo wrote in a social media put up that could possibly be a foreshadowing of his retirement from the Portugal group.

Cristiano Ronaldo says his dream of profitable a World Cup for Portugal has “ended”, a day after his group’s crushing quarterfinal loss to Morocco.

In an emotional message to followers on his Instagram social media account on Sunday, the Portuguese captain — who skirted across the matter of his anticipated retirement — has acknowledged that his elusive hunt for a World Cup title had completed after 19 years.

Talking out for the primary time since Portugal was eradicated by Morocco, a defiant Ronaldo stated he had “fought arduous” for his nation on the match.

“Successful a World Cup for Portugal was the most important and most formidable dream of my profession,” Ronaldo wrote.

The put up was accompanied by an image exhibiting a dejected Ronaldo strolling off the pitch following Morocco’s shock — and historic — victory for a group from Africa.

“There’s no level in reacting rashly,” the five-time Ballon d’Or winner added. “I simply need all people to know that rather a lot has been stated, rather a lot has been written, rather a lot has been speculated about, however my dedication to Portugal has by no means wavered for an instantaneous.”

Previous to the loss, Ronaldo had made historical past in Qatar by turning into the one males’s participant to attain at 5 separate World Cups after he netted Portugal’s first aim of their opening 3-2 win over Ghana.

“In my 5 appearances at World Cups over 16 years, at all times taking part in alongside nice gamers and supported by hundreds of thousands of Portuguese, I’ve given my all,” Ronaldo stated. “I left all the pieces I had on the pitch. I’ll by no means shrink from a battle and I’ve by no means given up on that dream.”

However, he added: “Sadly, that dream ended yesterday.”

Ronaldo has not particularly commented on his future, however the 37-year-old has been broadly anticipated to retire from worldwide stage soccer after Qatar, the fifth World Cup wherein he had competed.

Controversy had swirled across the Portuguese skipper in current matches after the group’s head coach Fernando Santos opted to bench Ronaldo in Portugal’s 6-1 steamrolling of Switzerland, apparently after he had reacted angrily whereas being substituted in opposition to South Korea throughout the group phases of the match.

Stories later circulated that the legendary soccer star had threatened to stroll out on Seleção das Quinas amid their short-lived run within the elimination spherical in Qatar. Portugal finally denied these stories.

On Saturday, Santos once more benched Ronaldo throughout the match in opposition to Morocco and began his alternative, 21-year-old Goncalo Ramos, who netted three objectives within the conflict with Switzerland. Ronaldo was substituted on within the recreation’s second half.

Cristiano Ronaldo brings his hand to his face as he reacts at the end of the match against Morocco.
Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo, centre, reacts on the finish of the World Cup quarterfinal soccer match between Morocco and Portugal, at Al Thumama Stadium in Doha, Qatar, on December 10, 2022 [AP Photo/Petr David Josek]

“I’ve at all times been only one extra [Portuguese] preventing for everybody’s aim,” Ronaldo stated in his Instagram put up.

“I might by no means flip my again on my teammates or my nation.”

Ronaldo stated he deliberate now to “let everybody draw their very own conclusions”.

He concluded his put up by thanking Portugal and host nation Qatar.

“For now. There’s not a lot else to say. Thanks, Portugal. Thanks, Qatar. The dream was stunning so long as it lasted.”

Ronaldo exits Qatar with no membership group as nicely.

He was dumped by Manchester United with “instant impact” after conducting a blistering interview on the eve of the World Cup, wherein he sharply criticised supervisor Erik ten Hag.

Portugal, who has by no means gained a World Cup, now should set their eyes on the 2024 European Championship in Germany, the subsequent huge soccer match on the worldwide circuit.

There was no love misplaced between Moroccan followers and Ronaldo nevertheless.

“The place Cristiano Ronaldo is? Are you aware the place? In my pocket,” a younger Moroccan fan informed Al Jazeera following the group’s win over Portugal.

United States rapper French Montana, who has Moroccan roots, additionally trolled Ronaldo on social media over the weekend.

“Ronaldo u had your time g … it’s Morocco time,” the Bronx rapper wrote on Saturday.

Morocco’s semifinal place makes them each the primary African and Arab group to make it into the final 4 at a World Cup.

On Wednesday, Morocco will face reigning World Cup champions France within the match’s semifinal spherical at Al Bayt Stadium.

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