Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Star footballer Cristiano Ronaldo’s dream of winning the FIFA World Cup was shattered when African giants Morocco knocked out Portugal 1-0 in the quarter-finals on Saturday.

After the match, the superstar broke down as he made his way to the dressing room. And why not; it was his fifth and probably his final World Cup appearance.

Following the defeat, Ronaldo opened up for the first-time on Instagram. He thanked Portugal and World Cup host Qatar and said that the dream was nice while it lasted.

“Not much more to say for now. Thank you Portugal. Thank you Qatar. The dream was nice while it lasted… Now, it’s hoping that the weather will be good advisor and allow each one to draw their own conclusions,” Cristiano wrote on Instagram.

Responding to Ronaldo’s post, Pele said, “Thanks for making us smile my friend.”

Notably, 37-year-old Ronaldo remained out of the starting line-up against Morocco for the quarterfinals match on Saturday after being dropped for the round-of-16 match against Switzerland. He was left out of the line-up against the Swiss after coach Fernando Santos expressed frustration about his team captain’s attitude in the previous game.