Gary Neville said it was ‘horrible’ watching Cristiano Ronaldo in tears after Portugal national football team’s elimination from FIFA World Cup 2022.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal were knocked out of FIFA World Cup 2022 by Morocco, who inflicted a 1-0 defeat on the European heavyweights in the quarter-final of the quadrennial event.
Cristiano Ronaldo once again started the game on the bench as Fernando Santos made just one change to the XI that started in their 6-1 rout of Switzerland, bringing Ruben Neves in for William Carvalho.
Morocco took the lead on the stroke of half-time and Portugal spent the rest of the game desperately searching for an equalizer. Fernando Santos brought Cristiano Ronaldo on in the 51st minute of the match. However, Ronaldo and his teammates failed to find an equalizer and Morocco emerged victorious at the end of the game.
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After the referee blew the final whistle, Cristiano Ronaldo walked off the pitch and headed down the tunnel. Ronaldo was pictured in tears as his hopes of winning the FIFA World Cup 2022 title came to a disappointing end.
Gary Neville, who is a former Manchester United teammate of Cristiano Ronaldo, said it was ‘horrible’ to see the image of the Portuguese icon breaking down in tears following Portugal’s exit from the latest edition of FIFA’s flagship event.
“I do want to mention Cristiano Ronaldo because I saw that image of him crying in the tunnel,” Neville said on his Sky Sports podcast.
“That was a horrible image for me. That’s that moment when he knows his dream of winning the World Cup for his country has gone.
“We’ve all been there at the end of our careers, but he’s one of the greatest, if not the greatest player of all time. It was horrible to see him like that. He’s had a tough couple of months.”
Ronaldo might have already played his last FIFA World Cup game. The Portuguese superstar, who is now 37 years old, will turn 41 by the time FIFA World Cup 2026 kicks off.
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Meanwhile, Morocco, who stunned Portugal in the quarter-finals, will take on defending world champions France in the semi-finals.
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