As soon as the final whistle blew on Portugal’s 2-1 defeat to Uruguay in the 2018 World Cup round of 16, it was the question on everyone’s mind, what is Ronaldo’s future in FIFA? Was that the last time we’ll see Cristiano Ronaldo play at the World Cup?
Ronaldo’s Future in FIFA! A question mark!
Predictably, Portugal’s manager Fernando Santos hopes it won’t be Ronaldo’s last FIFA appearance, but he’s certainly desperate to keep Ronaldo, 33 years old, a part of the national team. He said:
“He still has a lot to give to football. There is a tournament in September and we hope Cristiano will be with us to help the players grow.”
“We hope he will be there with us, of course, to help the younger ones to grow. We have a team with many young players and it’s important to have a captain. He’s always there for us.”
“Congratulations to Uruguay. It’s very sad for Portugal, though. There’s a real sadness in the dressing room that we weren’t able to make it through for them. In football, there are no moral victories and I would have preferred to play worse and win the match. But I do feel that the second half was very good from us, in terms of desire and our determination to score. We tried our best and we played a good game, I think. But you always want to win, and we lost, so well done to Uruguay for making it through.”
He is indeed a crowned champion of Europe, three seasons with Real Madrid and with Portugal in 2016. There’s sympathy especially for Cristiano Ronaldo from the fans all over the world. Indeed he’s one of the best players in the world and there are not many people better than Ronaldo. In the future, it will be a huge test for Portugal’s team playing in FIFA 2022 without Cristiano Ronaldo, although Portugal’s young talent is getting valuable inspiration from his presence and wisdom.