Portugal coach Roberto Martinez speaks about Cristiano Ronaldo's retirement after Euro 2024

Football: Roberto Martinez spoke about Cristiano Ronaldo's future in Football. The Portugal coach felt it was a bit too early to speak about the 39-year-old's future.

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Portugal coach Roberto Martinez speaks about Cristiano Ronaldo's retirement after Euro 2024

Portugal coach Roberto Martinez speaks about Cristiano Ronaldo's retirement after Euro 2024 (Source: X)

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Roberto Martinez was in the post-match conference where he was asked about Cristiano Ronaldo's retirement. The Portugal coach felt it was a bit too early for the question to be asked as the match had just ended and claimed that no decision was made individually about Ronaldo's retirement. It was not the best of the nights for Ronaldo and Portugal.

The 2016 champions lost the quarterfinal match against France through penalties by 3-5. "It's too soon and raw after the match to talk about that and there have been no individual decisions made," said Martinez in the interview. Ronaldo was one of the scorers for Portugal in the shootouts. But it was not enough, as France's goalkeeper saved two shots at the target. 

In fact, Cristiano missed an opportunity to score a goal in the first 90 minutes. It was a forgettable tournament for the experienced player who failed to score a goal in a major tournament for the first time in his career. His 10 shots without a goal is the most for a player in a Euro after Kevin De Bruyne failed to net 10 chances for Belgium in 2016.

Cristiano Ronaldo's last Euro game

Earlier this tournament, Cristiano claimed it would be his last Euro. He added that it was not an emotional moment for him but claimed to be moved by everything that Football has offered to him. He felt proud of the enthusiasm he has for the game and that of the fans and the family members. Ronaldo felt there was nothing left for him in Football and added that it was his time to leave.

"But I'm not emotional about that. I'm moved by everything that football entails, by the enthusiasm I have for the game, the enthusiasm I see in the fans, having my family here, people's passion ... it's not about leaving the world of football. What else is there for me to do or win?" said Cristiano about his retirement. The questions were hence asked to the Portugal coach if it was Cristiano's last match in the international outfit.

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