Cristiano Ronaldo, who is the most followed man on the planet, has remained silent all on fronts after Lionel Messi helped Argentina win the 2022 World Cup on Sunday evening. Messi led Argentina to World Cup glory on Sunday afternoon, beating the defending champions France 4-2 on penalties after an exhilarating 3-3 draw over 120 minutes.
Ronaldo who has a combined following of 780million has remained silent on social media. He has not taken Instagram, Twitter or Facebook to comment on the final. He has also refrained from publicly congratulating his rival Messi. Fans across the world are saying the Sunday night’s showdown at Lusail Stadium will go down in history as one of the best World Cup finals ever. However, Ronaldo appears to think otherwise.
Ronaldo crashed out of what is expected to be his last World Cup when Portugal lost 1-0 to Morocco in the quarter-final of the tournament in Qatar. The 37-year-old came off the bench to replace Ruben Neves early in the second half with Portugal trailing 1-0 after Youssef En-Nesyri’s opener. However, he failed to inspire a comeback.
Ronaldo also squandered a late chance after drilling a right-footed effort into goalkeeper Yassine Bounou’s hands, which was among a string of failed Portugal opportunities. Ronaldo was visibly upset after the game. The camera’s captured the Portugal captain walking off in tears.
Meanwhile, Ronaldo who struggled to dominate with Portugal expressed his heartbreak at missing out on World Cup glory following his side’s exit from the tournament. However, the opposite can be said for Lionel Messi. The 35-year-old scored Argentina’s opening goal from the penalty spot and added another in the 108th minute of the game. He then scored Argentina’s first penalty of the shootout and won the Golden Ball for his performances throughout the tournament.
Ronaldo broke his silence shortly after their game with Morcoo. He took to Instagram to say: ‘Winning a World Cup for Portugal was the biggest and most ambitious dream of my career. ‘Fortunately, I won many titles of international dimension, including Portugal, but putting our country’s name on the highest foot in the World was my biggest dream.
‘I fought for it. I fought hard for this dream. In the five appearances I scored in World Cups over 16 years, always by the side of great players and supported by millions of Portuguese; I gave my all. Leave it all out on the field. I never turned my face to the fight, and I never gave up on that dream.