Cristiano Ronaldo has spoken like a true leader that he is after Portugal’s defeat to France, urging his Portugal teammates to stand proud of everything they’ve achieved after their home loss to France.
Ronaldo and Portugal’s dream of winning back-to-back Nations League titles came to an end on Saturday following a 1-0 defeat to France.
The Portugal captain was arguably the most involved player in the Portuguese squad, recording a team-best of six shots in a game that offered fewer clear-cut chances as it wore on. He even forced Hugo Lloris into an excellent save.
Despite the 35-year old forward heading his best chance of the night over the bar in the opening half, he later set up substitute Joao Moutinho for a late equalizer. However, France shot-stopper Hugo Lloris was able to save the Wolves midfielder’s shot on goal.
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As a result, N’Golo Kante’s 53rd-minute goal was enough to seal the victory for Didier Deschamps’ side and earned them a spot in the finals at the expense of the defending champions Portugal.
Ronaldo Urges His Teammates To Be Proud After Portugal’s Defeat To France
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner as a true leader has called on his team, who have won the Nations League and European Championship in the last four years to be proud.
“All games teach us something,” the Portugal skipper wrote on Instagram
“Unfortunately we did not achieve our goal.”
“We have to raise our heads and be proud of everything we have been achieving together!”
On Tuesday, Ronaldo and Portugal will face Croatia in one last Nations League game before the international break closes for the year.
Good Lucks, Cristiano Ronaldo and Team Portugal!