Cristiano Ronaldo disclosed that he had contemplated retiring from international soccer after the World Cup in Qatar.
Morocco defeated Portugal in the quarter-final stage, causing them to crash out, and Ronaldo was dropped from the starting line-up for the knockout rounds.
In the last-16 match against Switzerland, Fernando Santos benched Ronaldo and played Goncalo Guedes instead, who scored three goals in a convincing 6-1 win.
Ronaldo was eliminated from the World Cup in the quarter final
For the match against Morocco, Ronaldo remained a substitute, and this decision almost led to the end of his career with the Portugal team.
Ronaldo told reporters: “I’m not going to lie. In our life, we have to put everything on the scale,”
“We thought, we reflected, me and my family, but then we came to the conclusion that, despite the difficulties, we cannot throw in the towel. I was able to see situations at different angles. I learned a lot from that.
“I’m glad to be back. Roberto Martinez showed that he counted on me. I’ve always wanted to play. As you know, he talked to everyone and to me, too. And I was able to realise that I have a lot to give to the national team.
“I feel it, I want it, and my desire is to take Portugal to the highest level. I will always give my contribution when they need me.”