Cristiano Ronaldo confirms Euro 2024 to be his last Euro tournament

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In the penalty shootout, Cristiano Ronaldo converted a penalty kick to help Portugal get past the round of 16 of the Euro 2024 competition.

On Monday night, Cristiano Ronaldo revealed something very painful after Portugal narrowly defeated Slovenia in their Euro 2024 round of 16 match.

When Diogo Jota was fouled inside the box and a penalty was given, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner had a fantastic opportunity to advance his nation to the quarterfinals through extra time.

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Ronaldo stepped up, but Jan Oblak spectacularly saved his attempt.

The former player for Juventus, Real Madrid, and Manchester United broke down in tears after missing the shot, which was his third from the spot in a big competition.

However, he made amends with the supporters and redeemed himself in the penalty shootout that ensued, scoring past Oblak in the opposing corner.

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Diogo Costa, the goalie for Portugal, was the hero when he saved three consecutive penalties from Slovenia. He set up a historic three-peat for Bernardo Silva to score the winning goal.

Given that Ronaldo has acknowledged that this would be his final tournament as his illustrious career draws to an end, it very well could be his last Euros match.

“It is, without doubt, my last European Championship,” Ronaldo said after the game, as per O Jogo.

“But I’m not emotional about that. I’m moved by all that football means — by the enthusiasm I have for the game, the enthusiasm for seeing my supporters, my family, the affection people have for me.

“It’s not about leaving football, because if I do, what else would I need to do or win?

“It won’t be about getting one more point or one less point. Making people happy is what motivates me the most.”

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At 39 years old, Ronaldo has played 1,266 games for his club and nation. Although he hasn’t scored in the Euros yet this year, he still maintains the records for most appearances (28), and most goals (14) scored.

If Ronaldo scores in his final season, he will add another outstanding record to his collection.