Cristiano Ronaldo Reflects on Portugal’s Painful Euro 2024 Exit

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Portugal’s journey in Euro 2024 came to a heart-wrenching end following their quarter-final defeat against France. Despite a strong performance that kept the game at 0-0 through regular and extra time, Portugal’s hopes were dashed in the penalty shootout, where they lost 5-3. Joao Felix’s missed penalty proved pivotal, marking the end of Cristiano Ronaldo-led Portugal’s campaign in the tournament.

Cristiano Ronaldo, the team’s iconic skipper, expressed his disappointment and heartfelt sentiments on his official X account after the match. He emphasized that Portugal deserved more from the tournament and thanked the fans for their unwavering support. “We wanted more. We deserved more. For us. For each one of you. For Portugal. We are grateful for everything you have given us and for everything we have achieved so far. On and off the field, I am sure that this legacy will be honored and will continue to be built. Together,” Ronaldo wrote.

The 2024 edition of the Euro Cup was particularly challenging for Ronaldo, who failed to score in any of the five matches he played, managing just one assist. Despite his personal struggles, Portugal displayed dominance in their quarter-final match against France, maintaining 60 percent ball possession and controlling the flow of the game. However, their efforts were not enough to secure a victory.

The penalty shootout saw the French side capitalizing on their opportunities, with Portugal unable to save a single French shot. Joao Felix’s miss was a crucial blow, ultimately sealing Portugal’s fate. As the team exits the tournament, Ronaldo’s words resonate deeply, highlighting the pride and resilience of Portuguese football and their determination to continue building their legacy.