Cristiano Ronaldo walks down the tunnel in TEARS as Portugal become the latest World Cup heavyweights to be dumped out after a shock defeat by giant-killers Morocco
Cristiano Ronaldo is captured walking off in tears as Portugal are dumped out of the 2022 World Cup with a 1-0 defeat to Morocco in the quarter-finals.
The 37-year-old came off the bench in the 51st minute of the match to replace Ruben Neves with Portugal trailing 1-0 after a first-half goal from Youssef En-Nesyri.
The former Manchester United star was unable to inspire his country back into the contest, despite playing 40 minutes in the game, only managed to amass 10 touches and just one shot, according to WhoScored.com.
Cristiano Ronaldo is captured walking off in tears as Portugal are dumped out of the World Cup
The 37-year-old was left heartbroken after suffering a shock 1-0 quarter-final loss to Morocco
The forward was unable to inspire an equaliser for Portugal after being brought off the bench
Ronaldo missed a chance late on as his right-footed effort was drilled low into goalkeeper Yassine Bounou’s hands among a string of chances late on from his team-mates including a header from Pepe.
The final whistle left the forward heartbroken after failing to keep his dreams alive of one last crack at football’s greatest international prize.
He will be 41 when the next World Cup comes around in the summer of 2026, meaning that was most likely his final opportunity to win the major tournament.
Ronaldo missed a chance late on as his effort was drilled low into the goalkeeper’s hands
The current free agent did manage to break a few records in Qatar, despite being benched in two of Portugal’s matches.
He scored in their opening fixture to become the first player to score in five different World Cups before then drawing level with the record for most capped men’s international when he came off the bench against Morocco.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner matches the total of Kuwait forward Badr Al-Mutawa, adding to the list of records in his legendary career.
The final whistle left the forward heartbroken after failing to keep his World Cup dreams alive
ITV pundit Ally McCoist, however, insisted it is not about Ronaldo after watching him walk down the tunnel in tears.
He said: ‘Yes Ronaldo is upset, but It is not about [Ronaldo] him tonight. His time has been.
‘It is all about Morocco this evening. What an example they have shown with that organisation, the flair, the ability to work for each other.
‘If we are brutally honest, Pepe had a chance at the end, but I can’t remember anything else.’
Morocco made history by becoming the first African team to reach a World Cup semi-final with their shock victory.
They will now face the winner of either France or England in the final four of the tournament in Qatar.
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