Is this the last time we saw Cristiano Ronaldo in the European Cup?
The final whistle of Portugal’s loss to Belgium in the round of 16 reverberated across the sky. The 36-year-old Portuguese captain Ronaldo is obviously downcast. This photo is unforgettable: Ronaldo crouched down and seems to be accepting the team’s elimination. The next European Cup will be held in Germany in 2024, when Ronaldo will be 39 years old.
Ronaldo throws, kicks the armband
Ronaldo was so frustrated that he threw the captain’s armband to the ground and kicked him away on the way out of the stadium. Only a few months later, he fell into hot water after a 2-2 draw with Serbia.
Some have repeatedly accused Ronaldo of the lack of sportsmanship in his message to Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois. He regretted the fact that the ball did not seem to want to enter Portugal. Considering that Portugal beat Belgium 23-6 and hit the goal post, this seems reasonable, but you are the referee:
Also attracting widespread attention is the heartfelt hug with Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku, who will chase Ronaldo’s championship lead by five goals and compete for the crown of Europe’s top scorer:
Ronaldo made the European Cup top scoring charts with 5 goals (including 3 penalty kicks) and created the record for the most European goals (14) and the most European Championship (5) in history.
For most of the international goals scored by men’s players, he is also tied with Ali Dei, a record that will definitely drop in Portugal’s World Cup qualifying cycle.
What is the next step for Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal?
There is no doubt that unless he is injured, we will see him at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, when Ronaldo will be 37 years old. Portugal, led by Ronaldo, currently ranks first in the World Cup qualifier group and is likely to qualify.
He is already planning to participate in the upcoming 2021-2022 European club season. He signed a contract with the Italian giants Juventus, despite rumors whether he will transfer this summer.
Compared with the World Cup held in the summer in the past, the Qatar World Cup will be held on a different schedule. The next tournament will start on November 21, 2022, when Ronaldo will be a few months away from his 38th birthday.
Goalkeepers over 35 have participated in the World Cup, but the oldest is Cameroon’s Roger Milla, who led the Indomitable Lions to the quarterfinals of the 1990 World Cup and then scored a goal in the 1994 World Cup. A 42-year-old man.
Will Ronaldo be there? Some observers describe his recent 29-goal season for Juventus and his performance in the European Cup as the beginning of his decline. His Portuguese coach Fernando Santos got nothing after the game:
“He scored five goals in the tournament, well, he didn’t score today, but in every way, he is a real captain. He tried to turn things around. Ronaldo has no problem.”
If Ronaldo even considered leaving the national team, he did not imply this in his Instagram message to Portuguese fans. This is the translated version: