Wed 22 March 2023 | 21:31

Cristiano Ronaldo admits he considered Portugal retirement after World Cup

Cristiano Ronaldo has revealed he considered retirement from international football following the 2022 World Cup.

Portugal was eliminated from the Qatar World Cup after a 1-0 defeat against Morocco in the quarter-final stage.

The 38-year-old Ronaldo started the last-16 tie against Switzerland on the bench, and for the game against Morocco was also on the bench.

New Portugal manager Roberto Martinez has included Cristiano Ronaldo in his squad for their upcoming Euro 2024 qualifiers against Liechtenstein and Luxembourg.

In a press conference on Wednesday, Ronaldo admitted that he considered international retirement following the World Cup.

"I'm not going to lie. In our life, we have to put everything on the scale,"

Ronaldo said.

"We thought, we reflected, me and my family, but then we came to the conclusion that, despite the difficulties, we cannot throw in the towel. I was able to see situations at different angles. I learned a lot from that.

"I'm glad to be back. Roberto Martinez showed that he counted on me. I've always wanted to play. As you know, he talked to everyone and to me, too. And I was able to realise that I have a lot to give to the national team.

"I feel it, I want it, and my desire is to take Portugal to the highest level. I will always give my contribution when they need me."



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