Portugal got knocked out of the Euro and Cristiano Ronaldo speaks out

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Cristiano Ronaldo finally speaks out for the first time after Portugal got knocked out from this year’s Euro by France.

This was supposedly the final match that Ronaldo played for Portugal in the Euro. The Portuguese star confirmed that this would be his last Euro cup competition. Roberto Martinez’s Portugal crashed out of the Euro on 6th July. It was a 0-0 draw against France till the 120th minute of the game. The French team eliminated Portugal on penalties, with Portugal losing 3-5. This was an emotional farewell for two greats of the game – Cristiano Ronaldo and Pepe.

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Dissecting the match between Portugal and France

Until the 120th minute of the game, the match remained a 0-0 draw. Portugal seemed slightly superior to France. However, we can confidently state that this was one of the dullest matches ever played in the knockout stages of the Euro. Both the teams did not play quality football. There were no proper build-up plays, creativity or goal. Portugal lacked creativity in the midfield and their wingers were pretty ineffective. Same goes for the French team. Kylian Mbappe failed to make an impact in this match, which was not surprising given his recent form.

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Portugal fans heavily criticized Joao Felix as he was the only Portuguese player to miss his penalty by hitting the post. Some people believe he is being made a scapegoat, while others have questioned the manager’s decisions during the game. Roberto Martinez’s choices regarding substitutions and tactics for Portugal have come under scrutiny.

  1. Was there any need for Ronaldo to play for 120 minutes?
  2. Why was Bruno Fernandes substituted? He was one of the best penalty takers in the squad
  3. Why weren’t Diogo Jota or Goncalo Ramos brought on?

Cristiano Ronaldo’s remarks after Portugal were eliminated

Cristiano Ronaldo was devastated after Portugal’s elimination from the Euro. Witnesses saw him comforting 41-year-old Pepe, who was visibly emotional following the match.Ronaldo took his time and spoke out for the first time on Instagram.

“We wanted more. We deserved more. For us. For each and every one of you. By by Portugal. We are grateful for all that you have given us and all that we have accomplished so far.”

Cristiano Ronaldo on Instagram

The former Manchester United striker did not perform that well in this year’s Euro. He registered zero goals and one assist in 5 games. This was the first time Cristiano Ronaldo could not score a goal for Portugal in an international competition. Do you think he should play in the upcoming 2026 World Cup?

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