The Portuguese superstar lost his final chance to win the trophy after a defeat in the quarter-finals.
Kylian Mbappe and Pele have reacted to Cristiano Ronaldo’s statement after Portugal’s World Cup exit on Saturday.
A shocking defeat against Morocco ended Ronaldo’s dream of winning the trophy in Qatar.
The 37-year-old was left in tears after the referee blew the final whistle, knowing he had played his final World Cup game for Portugal.
On Sunday, Ronaldo published an emotional statement, mourning his failure to reach “the biggest and most ambitious dream” of his career.
NBA legend Lebron James commented “LEGEND” under Ronaldo’s Instagram post.
Football great Pele, who won three World Cups with Brazil, wrote: “Thanks for making us smile my friend.”
Kylian Mbappe, who is well known for his respect toward CR7, reacted with three emojis. A goat emoji (referencing the “Greatest of All Time” debate), a folded hands sign and a crown.
Jesse Lingard also referenced Ronaldo’s GOAT credentials but mistakenly wrote “GAOT”.
Former Brazil international Pato responded with a longer comment, writing: “You are an example! You inspire people and children around the world. The same ones that criticise you are the ones who want the same success as you. You are a giant! Congratulations.”