Portugal crashed out of the World Cup after a 2-1 loss to Uruguay in the Round of 16. With that, Cristiano Ronaldo’s dreams of winning the World Cup may be over as well, as by the time Qatar rolls around in 2022, the superstar will be 37 years old, although one never knows.
The defeat was certainly reflected upon the Real Madrid forward, who seemed to be quite hot-headed towards the dying minutes, as it became clear that he and Lionel Messi would share the same barren fate.
As of such, it became quite important to see what his remarks would be after the full-time whistle, particularly considering how his post-Champions League victory remarks caused a lot of flurries.
However, a changed Ronaldo spoke this time about.
“We must congratulate Uruguay because they are the national team that are in the quarter-finals. I think we played a good game and maybe we deserved more, but in football the ones that score the most goals win and they scored two, so congratulations,” said the Portuguese captain.
Classy words, and certainly not those of a sore loser. He went on to add about his own future: “It’s not the time to talk about the future, when it comes to the players and coach.”
He continued: “This team will continue to be one of the best in the world, with quality players, a young group, united. I am confident and happy because this team will always fight with all their strength.
“We go with our heads held high and we are sure that this team will continue to win things.”
Words worthy of a captain. It is indeed unfortunate that the spectators of the great game will have to see the rest of the World Cup bereft of two of its finest talents, but perhaps it’s time to move on and see what the future has to hold.