Cristiano Ronaldo has taken a stand for the first time since Portugal lost out in the quarter-finals against Morocco. On Sunday, the superstar took to Instagram and expressed his disappointment.
At club level, Cristinano Ronaldo has won what there is to win. The Portuguese superstar has also cleared up a lot on a personal level. Ronaldo finally won the European Championship with Portugal in 2016. The only thing missing from the 37-year-old's trophy cabinet is the world title. This dream may now have finally burst. His World Cup in Qatar was the fifth and probably the last for Ronaldo. Anything else would be a big surprise. After the bitter end in the quarterfinals against Morocco, CR7, who initially only sat on the bench in both knockout games, took a stand.
"Winning a World Cup for Portugal was the biggest and most ambitious dream of my career. Unfortunately, the dream ended yesterday," Ronaldo wrote on Instagram, confirming that he will definitely not be at the World Cup in four years .
Ronaldo added: "Luckily, I've won many international titles, including for Portugal, but to represent our country's name at the top of the world was my biggest dream. I fought for that. I fought hard for that dream." CR7 went on to say that he "gave everything" to lead Portugal to the World Cup title - also addressing the differences that there are said to have existed between him and the fans and national coach Fernando Santos. "I was always one, who fought for everyone's goal and I would never turn my back on my team-mates and my country," said Ronaldo. Reports suggested otherwise, but CR7 insisted: "My commitment to Portugal hasn't changed for a second."
The 37-year-old has not yet commented on his future in the national team. "There's not much more to say at the moment," he wrote. In a year and a half the European Championships are coming up in Germany.
This article was originally published on 90min.de as After a bitter World Cup exit: Cristiano Ronaldo speaks up.