Ronaldo comments on imminent retirement after ‘giving up’ Portugal captaincy
Ronaldo Comments: The most prolific goal scorer in men’s international football history, Cristiano Ronaldo’s future with the Portugal national team is still up in the air following the most recent World Cup.
The biggest rivalry in recent football history came to an end during the World Cup in Qatar, if that wasn’t already obvious.
After achieving a lifelong goal, Lionel Messi spent his last night in the Gulf State cradling the most recognisable trophy on the planet. Cristiano Ronaldo’s final game in Qatar took place eight days earlier when he left the field in tears after Portugal was eliminated by Morocco.
The truth is that Ronaldo’s fate had already been decided before to that round of 16 loss when Fernando Santos benched Ronaldo, who was then without a club. Lionel Scaloni was unable to succumb to this temptation because Messi nearly single-handedly carried Argentina to the tournament’s later rounds.
The title of “The Greatest Footballer of All Time” was almost probably assured once theirs was as well. The fact that Messi was the best in 2022 cannot be disputed, despite the fact that this title will continue to be hotly contested.
Messi won the Best Men’s Player award at the FIFA Best Awards on Monday, which attracted football aristocracy to Paris. Yet, while the Argentine was ranked first, his former rival failed to make the 14-man shortlist.
Ronaldo chose to stay in Saudi Arabia rather than go to the glamorous performance, where hundreds of admirers will watch the final chapter of his career on YouTube. Ronaldo was seen watching the ‘fight’ between Tommy Fury and Jake Paul, another sporting farce in a nation full of them, just around 24 hours before Messi was crowned.
But despite being thousands of miles away, some information about the 38-year-old still surfaced. It was unnoticed during the voting for the prize Messi ultimately took home. The captain of Portugal was conspicuously absent from the list of international coaches and captains.
It is currently unknown if he will play any international football. He has not yet made a decision, and the flights from Manchester to Lisbon are far less taxing than those from Riyadh to Portugal.
Ronaldo appeared to speak about his time with the Selecao in the past tense in the hours following their heartbreaking elimination, giving the impression that his time with the nation would come to an end with a record-breaking 196 appearances and 118 goals.