Ronaldo will be 37 in four years' time and Messi - who has history of prematurely retiring from the Argentina side and is tipped to do so again in the aftermath of this tournament - will be 35.
"By the look of their performances today, they looked exhausted". On a near-cloudless afternoon by the Kazanka River, Messi and his Argentine teammates were overrun and outmaneuvered by a French team full of skill, speed, youth and, for the first time in this tournament, goals.
The 33-year-old did however say that European champions Portugal could look forward to the future with confidence.
Uruguay advanced to the quarterfinals after eliminating a Portugal team led by Cristiano Ronaldo. But he made a decision to give the ball to Cavani, who has scored three goals in Uruguay's last three matches, including two in the win over Portugal.
The vision and creativity of Hazard allows Belgium to become an even more formidable force in the attacking third of the pitch, and he is looking to have a clear impact on any game by having an eye for goal, too.
"Many young strikers are coming up in my position, but personally as long as the coach still needs me, obviously I will be at his disposal", he noted.
A brace from Edinson Cavani (in the 7th and 62nd minutes) secured Uruguay a place in the World Cup quarter.
"This is a ideal ball in, to a striker who's very good in the heading department, and he doesn't miss from there", said Schmeichel.
This is not going to be a tournament where one player puts his team on his back and carries them to the crown.
"From now on I am just another fan", said the 34-year-old.
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Cavani used that space well, curling home from the edge of the box for what proved the victor.
"We all saw the mistake, but since I've seen him join Manchester United, he's had a very good career, ' he told Spanish outlet Marca".
Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, who once again failed to score in a knockout game at a FIFA World Cup, has commented on rumours he could retire from global football.