I wouldn’t be surprised: Patrice Evra claims Cristiano Ronaldo could make a sensational return from football due to the heavy criticism he faced during Portugal’s turbulent World Cup campaign.
- Patrice Evra has claimed that Cristiano Ronaldo may retire from football
- The duo were teammates at Manchester United and remain good friends
- Evra admitted he has spoken to the 37-year-old since his exit from Man United
- It is believed that the star may retire due to media criticism
Patrice Evra believes Cristiano Ronaldo may retire from football after Portugal’s World Cup trip ended with disappointment seeing the star’s failure to realize his “dream” of winning the tournament.
Ronaldo, one of the greatest soccer players of all time, is currently a free agent after terminating his contract with Manchester United prior to the start of the tournament in Qatar.
Now former teammate Evra, who played alongside Ronaldo during his first spell at Manchester, has admitted he wouldn’t be surprised to see the striker put an end to his hugely successful career.
Cristiano Ronaldo could retire from football as he continues to search for a new club
Ronaldo played a bit part in Portugal’s 2022 World Cup campaign, often being left on the bench.
Evra revealed he had spoken to Ronaldo since leaving United, telling Sky Sports: “I don’t know [what he will do next]. Messi says he will retire [from the World Cup]But I don’t know if Ronaldo will retire or not.
“Sometimes when you get a lot of criticism, especially towards the end of your career, you say, ‘Okay, I think it’s time to stop.
That must be a feeling, especially when you’re not in the starting line-up for your national team, because that’s what Cristiano wanted; To play fit and win the World Cup with his country.
The 37-year-old looked visibly sad after Portugal were knocked out of the World Cup by Morocco.
Patrice Evra (right) thinks Ronaldo (left) can end his 20-year career
This was his dream. Now he does not have this dream. Although I won’t talk about Cristiano, I wouldn’t be surprised if he said he was retiring.
Now all Cristiano does is ‘bad guy’ or ‘bad player’ or whatever. I wouldn’t be surprised if he decided to retire.
Ronaldo’s participation in his fifth and likely final World Cup saw the 37-year-old serial winner play a bit of a minor role, finding himself in and out of the starting line-up.
Ronaldo’s second stint at Manchester United came to a disastrous end as his contract was terminated
Ronaldo cemented his place as one of the greatest soccer stars of all time after years of success
And now-departed Portugal coach Fernando Santos has opted to rest the veteran striker, opting instead to give more minutes to emerging talent Goncalo Ramos.
The European nation was surprisingly eliminated from the World Cup by semi-finalists Morocco, with Ronaldo becoming frustrated with his lack of playing time in the Middle East.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner is currently under the harshest criticism of his career after a disastrous end to his career at Manchester United and a reported poor attitude within the Portuguese national team camp.
Former Man United teammate Evra believes Ronaldo may now decide to retire from football
Ronaldo has previously made it clear that he wants to continue playing into his 40s, revealing in his sassy interview with Piers Morgan that he would like to continue achieving success at the highest level.
However, the lack of interest from Europe’s biggest clubs leaves open the possibility that Ronaldo’s 20-year career could come to an end.
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