By James Cohen For Mailonline
Cristiano Ronaldo has broken his social media silence following Lionel Messi and Argentina’s World Cup triumph.
The 37-year-old forward has been quiet on all platforms over the last week, as his long-term rival won the tournament in Qatar after a 4-2 penalty shootout win over France.
However – with rumours over his £175m-per-year move to Saudi Arabia circulating – the striker has shared a picture of himself in the pool as he recovers from a workout.
Cristiano Ronaldo has shared his first picture since Argentina’s recent World Cup victory
Ronaldo’s greatest rival Lionel Messi (middle) helped Argentina win the 2022 World Cup
Ronaldo took to social media to share a picture with his followers. He stood, smiling, in a swimming pool before taking a selfie and posting it on Instagram.
There was no caption for the picture – as it was posted on a story – but he did use a range of emojis to showcase his recent activities.
The former Man United star used emojis which depicted a ‘freezing man’, swimming goggles and a man working out in the gym.
Ronaldo had been training with his former club Real Madrid but, last week, flew to Dubai and is currently staying there while his domestic future is ironed out.
Ronaldo had remained silent following the World Cup final on Sunday afternoon
Fans will be grateful that the meaning behind Ronaldo’s post is clear, after his cryptic message shortly after Portugal’s World Cup elimination.
The forward shared a picture on Instagram that detailed his ‘three aspects of reality’ as ‘pain, uncertainty and constant work’.
The image comes from a recent Netflix documentary directed by Jonah Hill entitled; Stutz. It focuses on American psychotherapist Phil Stutz, who works on life improvement.
Just one day before, the superstar forward penned a long message to his followers on the same platform and spoke of his allegiance to Portugal.
Ronaldo shared a cryptic message to his followers on Instagram after Portugal’s elimination
Ronaldo crashed out of what is expected to be his last World Cup when Portugal lost 1-0 to Morocco in the quarter-final of the tournament in Qatar.
The 37-year-old came off the bench to replace Ruben Neves early in the second half with Portugal trailing 1-0 after Youssef En-Nesyri’s opener. However, he failed to inspire a comeback.
Ronaldo also squandered a late chance after drilling a right-footed effort into goalkeeper Yassine Bounou’s hands, which was among a string of failed Portugal opportunities.
Ronaldo was visibly upset after the game. The camera’s captured the Portugal captain walking off in tears.
The forward was left heartbroken after failing to keep his World Cup dream alive in Qatar
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