Ronaldo tight-lipped on future after World Cup KO

Marcus Newton
July 6, 2018

Skipper Ronaldo has netted four times in Russian Federation, including a hat-trick in his side's opening game against Spain.

While the French scored four goals against Argentina to reach the World Cup quarterfinals, coach Didier Deschamps is expecting a much tighter game against Uruguay.

Suarez and Cavani were born there three weeks apart in Salto, the second largest city in Uruguay.

Speaking after the Portugal game, Cavani had said: "I hope it's nothing".

Unsurprisingly Portugal coach Fernando Santos is hopeful that Ronaldo, who has scored 85 global goals in 154 appearances, will choose to continue to represent his Country.

Portugal's forward Bernardo Silva (R) vies for the ball with Uruguay's forward Edinson Cavani during the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup round of 16 football match between Uruguay and Portugal at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi on June 30, 2018. We'll see what happens, we'll do [medical] exams.

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On Saturday, they faced a team who did the same things more effectively as they went down to only their second defeat in 28 competitive matches under the grizzled Santos.

Suarez spoke at a press conference after the session and, in quotes reported by goal.com, the Barcelona forward said of Cavani: "The two goals he scored the other day, the team work he has in general, his physical exertion...all of it is important". Named as World's best player on five occasions by Federation Internationale de Football Association, he led his country to win the first European Championships trophy in 2016. The 33-year-old Ronaldo made most appearances at World Cups and European Championships among all players since his debut in 2004. He also joined Pele, Miroslav Klose and Uwe Seeler as the only players to score in four World Cups.

"I am sure that Portugal will continue to be one of the best teams in the world".

"It's time to say goodbye and for the younger players to step in", said Javier Mascherano, who at 34 said he was retiring from the national team.

Uruguay will face France in Nizhny on Friday, after Didier Deschamps' side overcame Argentina in the last 16 with a thrilling 4-3 win, in which Kylian Mbappe played a starring role.

"About Cavani, we don't know, we're just waiting for a few days", Suarez said.

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