What’s next for Cristiano Ronaldo after shocking World Cup exit?

Cristiano Ronaldo’s final campaign for a World Cup with Portugal came to a tearful end in Qatar. Considered by many to be the best footballer in the world alongside Argentine rival Lionel Messi, Ronaldo’s World Cup exit drew in tributes and consolation on social media.

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How did CR7 react to this situation, and where will he go next? Let’s find out what he said on Instagram and what the future holds for the 37-year-old Portuguese striker.

What CR7 said on Instagram

As expected, Cristiano Ronaldo took to Instagram to post an official statement on the loss. In the post, he spoke about his ambition to put Portugal on the highest level through the World Cup. 

  • He dropped a subtle hint on his uncertain future with the national team in the caption: “Thank you Qatar. The dream was nice while it lasted… Now, it’s hoping that the weather will be good advisor and allow each one to draw their own conclusions.”

  • He talks about his unending dedication to the national team, despite not achieving his goal. The post managed to get over 23 million likes in 14 hours. Cristiano Ronaldo is currently the most followed person on Instagram, with 513 million followers.
  • Brazilian legend Pele and French superstar Kylian Mbappe commented on the post with an appreciation for the former Manchester United striker.
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Cristiano Ronaldo’s future

Reports suggest Cristiano Ronaldo is headed to Saudi club Al Nassr on a record-breaking $200 million-per-season deal. However, CR7 has denied these rumors.

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  • There is no official word on CR7’s future with the Portuguese national team. However, it’s practically impossible to return for the 2026 edition at age 41. 

How Ronaldo left the pitch

Morocco knocking out Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal out of the FIFA World Cup 2022 quarterfinals was an absolute shocker. 

  • At the end of the match, Ronaldo left the pitch and made his way into the tunnel in tears. With his face buried in his hands, it was heartbreaking to watch.

  • Ronaldo entered the pitch as a substitute early in the second half. The ageing veteran was no match to the Moroccan defense. 

Cristiano’s challenging 2022

CR7’s return to Manchester United in 2021 went from fairytale to nightmare in a year. 

  • New manager Erik ten Hag dropped Ronaldo from the starting XI, causing ego clashes in the dressing room. This forced the former Real Madrid superstar to leave the club in November.
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  • Moreover, Ronaldo also had to deal with a family tragedy this year. CR7 and his girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez were expecting twins. Sadly, one of the twins passed away during childbirth. 
  • Known for his resilience, Ronaldo played his next game against Liverpool quite immediately after this incident. The Anfield crowd gave him a standing ovation.

Social media pays tribute to CR7

Known for his hard work and perseverance, Cristiano Ronaldo is a role model for people worldwide. His exit from the World Cup broke many hearts, including some famous ones.

  • India’s cricket superstar Virat Kohli shared an elaborate tribute for CR7 on Instagram. He hailed him as ‘the greatest of all time’ with a goat emoji. Kohli himself is considered to be one of the goats of cricket.

  • FIFA World Cup’s official handle posted a moving video compilation of Cristiano Ronaldo’s World Cup career. The video titled ‘Obrigado CR7’ is a fitting tribute to the only athlete to have scored in five different FIFA World Cups.

With 118 international goals for Portugal, these contributions will cement Cristiano Ronaldo’s status as a legend despite no World Cup in his trophy cabinet.

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