Ronaldo posted an emotional message on Instagram after Morocco extended their dream run in Qatar by ousting Portugal with a 1-0 victory.
“No trophy or title can take away from what you have done in this sport and for sports fans everywhere,” Kohli wrote on Instagram.
The 2022 edition of the World Cup might have been the last for Ronaldo, 37, to win the top prize for his country, but Kohli believes Ronaldo’s legacy and ‘impact’ went beyond- beyond any title.
“No title can explain the impact you have had on people and how I and so many around the world feel when we watch you play. It’s a gift from God. A true blessing for a man who plays his heart every time and is the epitome of hard work and dedication and a true inspiration to any sportsman.
“You are the greatest of all time to me,” Kohli’s post read further.
Interestingly, Ronaldo was not included in the starting XI in Portugal’s Round of 16 game against Switzerland and also in the quarter-final against Morocco.
The round of 16 in Qatar was Ronaldo’s 196th international appearance, equaling the record for most men’s international appearances.
He is also currently without a club, having ended his association with Manchester United following his comments on a TV interview.