No trophy or any title can take anything away from what you’ve done in this sport and for sports fans around the world. No title can explain the impact you’ve had on people and what I and so many around the world feel when we watch you play. That’s a gift from god. A real blessing to a man who plays his heart out every single time and is the epitome of hard work and dedication and a true inspiration for any sportsperson. You are for me the greatest of all time,” posted Virat on his Instagram handle on Monday morning.
Ronaldo’s exit from the tournament meant that he will most probably miss out on winning the World Cup as the next time the showpiece event takes place in the USA in 2026, he will be 41. The five-time Champions League winner did not start any of his side’s knockout stage matches as coach Fernando Santos opted to use him as a substitute.
While the star footballer has been going through a lean patch of form, Virat has excelled in his role and was seen celebrating his 72nd ODI ton on Saturday against Bangladesh. The ton saw Virat move second in the standings for most hundreds at the international level, surpassing Ricky Ponting who had 71 hundreds to his name.