Cristiano Ronaldo’s glittering career appears to be coming to an end without a World Cup knockout goal, as Portugal crashed out in Qatar..
Ronaldo was unable to assist the Portuguese as the African team stunned the world. Morocco had already eliminated Spain from the tournament, and with their heroics against Portugal, they have become the first African team to reach the semi-finals.
It was Ronaldo’s eighth appearance in the knockout rounds, and he managed 27 shots in nine-and-a-half hours of football without striking gold, according to OptaJoe.
At the 2006 World Cup in Germany, Ronaldo made his debut in the World Cup knockout rounds..
The tricky winger went scoreless against the Netherlands, England, and France, who knocked the Iberian side out. Ronaldo returned four years later, but he once again failed to find the net as Spain knocked Portugal out of South Africa.
Portugal, on the other hand, struggled in Brazil and was knocked out of the groups, while they faltered in the round of 16 in Russia. Ronaldo has struggled to even make the starting lineup this year, coming off the bench in both of Portugal’s knockout matches.
On Saturday evening, Ronaldo sobbed as his World Cup career came to an end..
Ronaldo admitted ahead of his trip to Qatar that it would most likely be his last, telling Piers Morgan: “It’s probably my last World Cup, of course, my fifth World Cup.”
“I’m not sure what will happen after the World Cup, but as I’ve said before and will say again, the fans will always be in my heart..
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