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Portugal benching Ronaldo was worst decision - Fans question failure to shake hands with Morocco players

4:44 AM EST 12/11/22
Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal
Fans have shared mixed reactions after Ronaldo's teary exit in the World Cup quarter-finals in Qatar

Cristiano Ronaldo's World Cup did not end on a high as his team suffered a shock 1-0 loss against Morocco in the last eight on Saturday.

Despite coming into the match as favourites, A Selecao were stunned by a well-timed header from Sevilla forward Youssef En-Nesyri.

Ronaldo, who started in all Group H matches, was overlooked by Fernando Santos just like in the Round of 16 when Portugal defeated Switzerland 6-1.

Despite being introduced with 40 minutes to go, the veteran 37-year-old could not help his team get a much-needed equaliser.

Morocco made history by being the first African nation into the last four whereby they will play defending champions France. The latter defeated England 2-1.

Here are the reactions by fans.

  • 20221210_Cristiano_Ronaldo

    Ronaldo has won half a billion hearts

    It is just a trophy that you missed. Remember not everybody can win hearts. You have won our hearts. At least half a billion hearts. We are with you as always no matter what - Jegankumar Koteeswaran

  • Fernando Santos World Cup 2022

    Santos to blame?

    Portugal coach [Fernando Santos] really ended Portugal's run in the world cup. His ego made your nation kicked out of the game. Benching you was the worst decision - Rajeev

  • Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal Morocco World Cup 10 12 2022

    It hurt to watch Ronaldo cry

    Never has my heart hurt more than watching Cristiano cry. There will never be another you! You are the greatest ever was, ever is and ever will be! Wishing nothing but the best always, my teenage love - Anu

  • Bruno Fernandes referee Portugal Morocco World Cup 2022

    Portugal got what they deserved

    Too Bad that his team gave up on him in the middle of a World Cup Portugal got what it deserved, unfortunately, Ronaldo did not - Sahaar

  • Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal World Cup 2022

    Classless Ronaldo?

    Ronaldo straight down the tunnel in tears instead of congratulating and shaking the hands of the Morocco players. Classless as ever - Nick Deal

  • Messi Ronaldo

    Messi would shake hands in defeat

    The difference between Ronaldo and Messi. Messi loses, and wouldn’t walk off without shaking hands with the opposition. Ronaldo is selfish, and undignified. Messi all day for me - Nathan Sheridan

  • Ronaldo Youssef En-Nesyri

    Ronaldo is a great player

    All things must come to an end, Ronaldo, you are a great player. Only one Ronaldo - Royston Joseph

  • Nigeria fans

    Nigeria did not see half of what Ronaldo saw

    Ronaldo has been through a lot this 2022 even Nigerians didn't see half of what Ronaldo has seen - Adam Sdq

  • Cristiano Ronaldo.

    Ronaldo was betrayed

    Ronaldo is hurt, he feels he has been forsaken and betrayed by his favorite club and the national team - Taa-irema Jamaldeen

  • Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal Morocco World Cup 10 12 2022

    We can't have it all

    Ronaldo should remember that we are human beings, we can't have it all - Toheeb Timobi Timtop