Brazil forward legend Ronaldo said farewell to the nation's fans on Wednesday in an emotional final match against Romania, and spoke from the pitch as the Selecao eased to a comfortable 1-0 victory in the friendly encounter.
Mano Menezes' side triumphed 1-0 thanks to a Fred goal in the first half, but throughout the game, the two-time World Cup winner was the centre of attention.
Fans did not have to wait long to see him in action, as 30 minutes in, the goalscorer was withdrawn to allow the ex-Barcelona, Real Madrid, Inter and AC Milan star to take the pitch.
Ronaldo desperately coveted a goal during a 15-minute cameo that brought the curtain down on his exceptional career. So too did the spectators, who showered the 34-year-old in applause during his swansong.
However, despite three chances, two of them opportunities the striker fans came to know and love would have dispatched with his eyes closed, the 34-year-old was unable to realise his final on-pitch ambition.
At half-time, during an emotional commemoration en route to Brazil's 1-0 win over Romania, Ronaldo expressed his disappointment at not finding the target and extreme gratitude to the supporters.
“Forgive me, I had three chances but couldn't score a goal in my last 15 minutes, which would have been a small reward for everything you've done for me,” he said.
“My huge thanks for everything you've done for my career, for accepting me the way I am, for crying when I cried, for smiling when I smiled. I simply have to thank you from the bottom of my heart.”
The 30,000-plus crowd at the Pacaembu included Ronaldo's wife, Bia Anthony, his four children, Ronald, Alex, Maria Sophia and Maria Alice, and his parents, Sonia and Nelio.
During the second half, the three-time Fifa World Player of the Year hit Twitter to reiterate his appreciation to his followers.
He wrote: “Thank you to everyone! It was an incredible party!
"Forgive me for the missed goals and thank you for the love, care and respect you've always given me!”