How Cristiano Ronaldo Reacted To World Cup Exit During Interview Will Surprise Many People
In the past Cristiano Ronaldo has been labelled many things, including self indulgent and egotistical.
He would become so engrossed in his own game that those around him would become somewhat invisible but as the years have passed, his maturity has grown.
Last night's post match interview after Portugal were knocked out of the World Cup is proof of this.
The Portugal captain has once again proved that he is far more concerned about his team than himself, and in the meantime, praises opponents Uruguay while taking a positive stance on Portugal's exit from the competition.
Once upon a time, the former Manchester United player would have perhaps shied away from such comments but you've got to appreciate his maturity here in what must have been a tough situation.
Not only does he praise Óscar Tabárez's side for reaching the quarter final stages, but he also congratulates FIFA and Russia for hosting the World Cup.
"We must congratulate Uruguay because they are the national team that are in the quarter-finals," Ronaldo said in his post-match interview.
"I think we played a good game and maybe we deserved more, but in football the ones that score the most goals win and they scored two, so congratulations.
"We leave with our heads held high. As the captain of Portugal I know how hard we have worked and we must be proud of the team.
"And I also want to congratulate the organisation of this World Cup, it has been fantastic in every way; the organisation, the security, the atmosphere is perfect and it must be said.
"We go with our heads held high and we are sure that this team will continue to win things."
Even if you're not a huge fan of Cristiano, you've got to applaud his comments here after Portugal's heartbreaking World Cup exit.
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