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Has Cristiano Ronaldo’s international career come to an end? Portugal striker finishes Euro 2024 without scoring

Article: Cristiano Ronaldo’s Euro 2024 Disappointment and Portugal’s Quarter-final Exit

The End of an Era: Cristiano Ronaldo’s Euro 2024 Journey Comes to an Emotional Close

On a fateful night in the Euro 2024 quarter-finals, Cristiano Ronaldo’s name was once again written on Portugal’s team-sheet. But this time, there was no fairy-tale ending for the legendary footballer as his side crashed out to France in a tense penalty shoot-out.

Despite starting in all five of Portugal’s games at the tournament, Ronaldo failed to find the back of the net, leaving fans and pundits alike questioning his continued presence on the pitch. Roberto Martinez, the Portugal manager, opted to stick with the 39-year-old striker for the full 120 minutes against France, despite the team’s inability to score a single goal in their last three fixtures.

The lack of goals, coupled with Ronaldo’s dwindling impact on the game, has raised doubts about whether it is time for Portugal to move on from their talismanic forward. With a host of talented substitutes sitting on the bench, including Diogo Jota and Goncalo Ramos, many are wondering why Martinez persisted with Ronaldo until the very end.

As the final whistle blew and Portugal’s Euro 2024 campaign came to an emotional close, Ronaldo was left to console his tearful teammate Pepe, signaling perhaps the end of an era for one of the greatest footballers of all time. With no goals to show for his efforts at this year’s tournament, it may be time for Ronaldo and Portugal to embrace the next generation of talent and bid farewell to the past.

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