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Cristiano Ronaldo's Emotional FIFA World Cup Exit Statement Attracted Tons of Comments from Stars Around the Globe, Including These People

Cristiano Ronaldo’s Emotional FIFA World Cup Exit Statement Attracted Tons of Comments from Stars Around the Globe, Including These People

The 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar saw arguably the best player to ever play the game of football, Cristiano Ronaldo, bow out from what might be his final World Cup tournament following Portugal’s exit with a loss to Morocco in the quarterfinal stage. With this win, the Atlas Lions also became the first and only African country to have qualified for the semifinal of the prestigious competition that happens every four years.

The Portugal captain and the all-time leading goal scorer in men’s national football was benched for the second time in a row, with the first being Portugal’s 6-1 trashing over their European counterpart, Switzerland. He came into the game as an early substitute in the second half but Portugal was not able to find its equaliser after Youssef En-Nesyri opened the score line for Morocco in the 42nd minute.



Tying the Men’s International Appearance Record

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner earned his 196th cap for Portugal in the quarterfinal clash against Morocco after he replaced Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Rúben Neves in the 51st minute, matching Kuwait forward Bader Al-Mutawa’s world record. Nonetheless, in probably his final game in the quadrennial tournament, Ronaldo was not finally blessed with a goal in the knockout stage of the World Cup, and neither did Portugal find a goal with a dominating 76% possession and 12 created chances.



Is It All But Over for Ronaldo’s International Career?

Ronaldo is the only player in the history of football to have played in five different FIFA World Cups and as many UEFA European Championships. Prior to this year’s tournament, he has vowed that he will play for the 2024 UEFA Euro, but at 37 years of age this year and falling out with the current Portugal manager, it is more than likely that we will not see him in another major tournament, let alone the 2026 FIFA World Cup that will be co-hosted by the United States of America, Mexico and Canada.

Earlier yesterday, the Funchal-born megastar released a devastating message on his Instagram following his last game in the World Cup, stating that carrying the country’s hope and dream was his biggest achievement in his football career, but despite pouring in hard work for the last 16 years for Portugal, the aspiration was sadly not realised.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Pelé, Mbappé, LeBron, Foxx, etc. Among the Stars Who Gave Commiserations

The post has since received 24 millions of likes on Instagram, and stars from the football world, other sports industries as well as showbiz celebrities have taken to the post to offer their emphatic support for Ronaldo, including the great Pelé, the current top scorer of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, Kylian Mbappé, Lakers’ mega icon LeBron James, etc. They were seen calling the former Manchester United, Real Madrid and Juventus star the best in the game, with Pelé, who is being nursed in a hospital for a respiratory infection, thanking Ronaldo for making him smile.



What Is Next for Ronaldo?

2022 has been a year to forget for the Portugal captain, but he is definitely not going to end his professional career on such a harsh note. The question now for the 37-year-old forward is, what would be his next destination for club football, as several clubs have already approached him for contracts, including a whopping $225 million USD three-year deal. But does Mr. Champions League want to move away from Europe and take his talents to other continents?



(Photo Credits: Goal)

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