Cristiano Ronaldo doesn’t intend to retire from international football following Portugal’s World Cup exit

Cristiano Ronaldo doesn't intend to retire from international football following Portugal's World Cup exit

Cristiano Ronaldo is said to have no plans to retire from international football and is expected to play for Portugal until at least Euro 2024.

Ronaldo’s team was eliminated from the World Cup in the quarter-finals on Saturday after losing 1-0 to Morocco, and the 37-year-old was in tears as he walked down the tunnel after the final whistle.

He wants to keep playing for his country and has already set his sights on the next international tournament, Euro 2024 in Germany, according to CM Journal.

Ronaldo lost his place in Portugal starting XI for his side’s last two games in Qatar, but he believes he can captain the team at the next Euros when he will be 39.

The 37-year-old was dropped by Portugal boss Fernando Santos at the World Cup after he reacted angrily to being substituted in their group game against South Korea.

Santos left him out of their last-16 clash against Switzerland, which they won 6-1 thanks to a hat-trick from Ronaldo replacement Goncalo Ramos, and then again versus Morocco in the World Cup.

After the match against Morocco, Santos told reporters that he had “no regrets” about benching Ronaldo for the match: “No regrets. I think this was a team which played very well against Switzerland. Cristiano’s a great player. He came on when we thought that was necessary.”

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