Portugal star forward Cristiano Ronaldo on Sunday shared an
emotional message on his social media, saying it is time for him to be an

“Thank you, Portugal. Thank you, Qatar. The dream was
beautiful while it lasted… Now, it’s time to be a good advisor and allow each
one to draw their own conclusions,” he wrote.

Portugal were knocked out of the FIFA World Cup with a 0-1
loss to Morocco in the quarterfinal game on Saturday. Ronaldo started the game
on the bench and came on only in the 51st minute at the Al Thumama Stadium.

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The shocking defeat meant it was the last time the former
Manchester United striker was playing in his national colors at the quadrennial

“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,” the post read.

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“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,” he added.

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Ronaldo went straight down the tunnel in tears after seeing
his dream end in what is almost certain to be his last World Cup campaign. The
37-year-old did not interact with the press in the mixed zone, while other
Portugal players such as Pepe and Bruno Fernandes took aim at the referee and
tried to come to terms with the result.

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The Portugal captain has been facing criticism since he
landed in Qatar. Be it his highly publicized exit from Manchester United before
he kicked a ball in the World Cup to his gesture after being subbed off by
Portugal coach Fernando Santos during a 1-2 defeat to South Korea during the
group stages, every single move he has made has been criticized. Cristiano Ronaldo pens emotional note after Portugal’s World Cup exit following quarterfinal loss vs Morocco.