Ronaldo received the support of several sports stars after Portugal’s exit from the Qatar 2022 World Cup
I fought for it. I fought hard for this dream,” began Cristiano Ronaldo‘s heartfelt message after Portugal’s elimination against Morocco in the quarter-finals of the Qatar 2022 World Cup.
At the final whistle, the Portuguese captain headed alone to the changing rooms and in the tunnel, he could not help but burst into tears as the cameras followed him. It was one of the images that will go down in football history from this tournament.
After experiencing one of the most difficult moments of his entire career, Cristiano Ronaldo decided to take to his social networks to send a message that ended up going around the world… and one that several sporting legends reacted to: not least Pele, LeBron James and Kylian Mbappe.
The French star’s admiration for Cristiano Ronaldo is quite public, to the point that as a child he had his room draped with posters of the Portuguese footballer.
The Frenchman responded to the post with three emojis to pay tribute to his idol: that of a crown, that of hands giving thanks and that of a goat, referring to the fact that he is the GOAT, which in English means the ‘greatest of all time’.
Controversy after his tribute
The photograph with the text, which has gone incredibly viral in accumulating more than 19 million likes and almost a million comments, shook the football world, although Mbappe‘s response has been seen by some as hugely controversial.
Some of the most repeated phrases in the post pointed out that Mbappe is a domestic teammate of Lionel Messi, the player that is widely seen as Cristiano Ronaldo‘s greatest rival.
With that being said, Mbappe’s comment also received massive support. The comment has had almost a million likes and 17,800 replies.
Kylian Mbappe‘s response was not the only one.
“Thanks for making us smile, my friend,” wrote Pele.
“Legend,” signed NBA star LeBron James.
Vinicius Jr also commented on the post by posting three emojis: a sad face, hands giving thanks and a white heart.