Cristiano Ronaldo's sister has labelled the 2022 World Cup the 'worst of all time' while seemingly snubbing Lionel Messi in social media comments after the final. Messi led Argentina to World Cup glory after a 3-3 draw with France was decided in a penalty shootout in the final.
In doing so, Messi finally grabbed the World Cup trophy for the first time in his career and settled the debate about who is the greatest out of himself and Ronaldo. WhIle Messi was busy celebrating Argentina's first World Cup triumph since 1986, Ronaldo was licking his wounds and considering his international future.
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The 37-year-old was benched for the final two games of Portugal's campaign as they crashed out at the hands of Morocco in the quarter-final stage. Hitting out on social media on Tuesday, Ronaldo's sister Katia Aveiro labelled the Qatar World Cup the 'worst of all time'.
"The worst World Cup of all time... that thankfully gave us a great final. What a match. Congratulations to Argentina," Aveiro posted on Instagram.
She then sent her congratulations to French mega-star Kylian Mbappé while completely ignoring Messi. She wrote: "Kylian Mbappe. This boy is unreal. What a bright future awaits you. Incredible."
Speaking in the wake of Portugal's exit from the tournament, Ronaldo seemed to confirm that this was his last World Cup. He wrote on social media: "Winning a World Cup for Portugal was the biggest and most ambitious dream of my career. Fortunately, I won many titles of international dimension, including for Portugal, but putting the name of our country on the biggest one in the world was my biggest dream.
"I battled for it. I fought hard for this dream. In the five presences that I scored in World Cups over 16 years, always alongside great players and supported by millions of Portuguese people, I gave it my all.
"I left everything on the pitch. I never gave up the fight or dream. Unfortunately, yesterday the dream ended. It is not worth reacting too hot. I just want everyone to know that much has been said, much has been written, much has been speculated, but my dedication to Portugal has never changed for an instant.
"I was always one more person fighting for everyone’s goal and I would never turn my back on my teammates and my country. For now, there’s not much more to say. Thank you, Portugal. Thank you, Qatar. The dream was beautiful while it lasted…Now, it’s time to allow history to tell the story and for each one to draw their own conclusions."
In a brutal new blow for Ronaldo, the 37-year-old has been named in the World Cup's worst XI. Ronaldo was given a score of just 6.46 for his efforts in Qatar.
Wild scenes of celebration after Argentina's triumph
Meanwhile, millions of ecstatic fans flooded onto the streets of Buenos Aires on Tuesday to celebrate the return home of Argentina's squad. The heaving crowd brought an open-top bus parade to a standstill as fans celebrated wildly in chaotic scenes.
The players were unable to reach the city's central Obelisk monument as planned because of security concerns because of the size of the crowd - estimated by local media at four million people. They were transferred from their parade bus to helicopters instead.
"The world champions are flying over the entire route in helicopters because it became impossible to continue on land due to the explosion of joy," presidential spokeswoman Gabriela Cerruti wrote on Twitter. TV images showed people all over the city trying to catch a glimpse of their returning champions.
"It's crazy, it's incredible, it's the best thing that can happen to you in life," 25-year-old metalworker Matias Gomez said. "It is an enormous joy to see all these happy people, all together, one with the other, holding hands, giving each other hugs, kisses. We are all one today."
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