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Ronaldo in tears as Elon Musk, Atiku lead tributes to Morocco over historic win

Ronaldo in tears as Elon Musk, Atiku lead tributes to Morocco over historic win Ronaldo in tears as Elon Musk, Atiku lead tributes to Morocco over historic win
Ronaldo in tears as Elon Musk, Atiku lead tributes to Morocco over historic win

Cristiano Ronaldo was in tears after Portugal’s 1-0 loss to Morocco in the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup quarter-final match on Saturday.

The 37-year-old Portugal captain came on as a substitute early in the second half but could not prevent Morocco from making history as the first African nation to qualify for the semi-final stage of the World Cup.

Ronaldo, currently without a club following his contract termination by Manchester United, was captured in tears as he made his way down the tunnel into the dressing room for what could be his last outing at the World Cup and possibly for Portugal.

Following Morocco’s historic win, congratulations have been flooding in from all corners, with Atiku Abubakar, former Nigerian vice-president; Elon Musk, Twitter CEO, among prominent figures joining in celebrations.

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“Congrats Morocco,” Musk wrote on Twitter.

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Wyclef Jean, Haiti-born Grammy award-winning musician, also sent a congratulatory message to Morocco.

“Well done Morocco. Africa stand up – first African Team ever to World Cup semis – what an incredible ride – keep it up gentlemen,” Wyclef wrote.

African football legends were not left out in the tributes to Morocco, with the likes of Samuel Eto’o, Sunday Oliseh, and Lauren Etame-Meyer among others sending their congratulatory messages.

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“Incredible! Morocco is the first ever African country to make it to the semi finals. The entire continent is rooting for you,” Eto’o wrote.

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“After 48 years of trying Morocco has made Africa into world superpower status in football. Ecstatic & privileged to be here at Al Thumama Stadium to witness Morocco do it. Wifey jokingly predicted this when she came to Qatar! Guess our wives are always right after all,” Oliseh wrote.

Etame-Meyer added: “A great achievement for African football! For the first time, we’ll have a representative in the World Cup semi-finals. We keep on growing. Congrats, Morocco! #FIFAWorldCup #Qatar2022”.

Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), also congratulated the Atlas Lions while also celebrating Africa.

“Congratulations, Morocco. This one is for Africa!!! -AA #MARPOR”

Raila Odinga, who served as the prime minister of Kenya from 2008 to 2013, wrote: “Simply Fantastic!!! History’s been written by the Atlas Lions of Morocco, our continent’s first-ever team to reach the World Cup semi-finals. That was an excellent show by them of technical football and skills,” ODM leader Raila Odinga said in a tweet.

“This time for Africa!!” musician Shakira wrote.

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