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Virat Kohli pays emotional tribute to 'Greatest Of All Time' Cristiano Ronaldo after Portugal’s WC exit

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 12 December 2022, 13:55 IST

Cristiano Ronaldo indicated at retirement from international football after Portugal's exit from the FIFA World Cup 2022 following the quarter-final defeat to Morocco. While Ronaldo has not officially confirmed if he will play for Portugal again or not, he has left the situation open for interpretation.

Virat Kohli, who is one of the biggest fans of Ronaldo, poured his heart out as he wrote a beautiful post paying tribute to the 5-time Ballon d'Or winner.

"No trophy or any title can take anything away from what you've done in this sport and for sports fans around the world. No title can explain the impact you've had on people and what I and so many around the world feel when we watch you play. That's a gift from god.

"A real blessing to a man who plays his heart out every single time and is the epitome of hard work and dedication and a true inspiration for any sportsperson. You are for me the greatest of all time," Kohli wrote.

On Sunday, Ronaldo had stated that 'his dream was over' after Portugal's shocking exit from the Qatar World Cup.

"To win a World Cup for Portugal was the biggest and most ambitious dream of my career. Fortunately, I won many titles of international dimension, including for Portugal," Ronaldo wrote on Instagram.

Ronaldo did not start for Portugal in the team's final two games at the FIFA World Cup -- Round of 16 against Switzerland and Morocco. He has now left his fate in the hands of 'time' hoping for it to be a 'good counsellor'.

"Let's hope that time will be a good counsellor and allow everyone to draw their own conclusions," he further wrote.

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First published: 12 December 2022, 13:55 IST