Portugal much more than just Ronaldo, says Santos

Uruguay book quarter final date with France

FIFA World Cup: France, Uruguay enter quarter-finals

Ronaldo had a great start at the tournament in Russian Federation, scoring four goals in two matches, but he was held scoreless in the next two games as Portugal lost first place in its group and eventually was eliminated by Uruguay.

Christiano Ronaldo in the last match of FIFA World Cup against Uruguay not only lost the chance to get into the quarter-finals but also the dream of the possibility of winning the last World Cup.

The England captain was rested for the closing Group G loss to Belgium but remains one clear of Cristiano Ronaldo, Romelu Lukaku and surprise star Denis Cheryshev.

This could certainly be Ronaldo's last appearence at the global soccer stage.

Antoine Griezman had already rattled the woodwork when he converted Les Bleus' opening goal following a lung bursting run into Argentina's penalty box by the irrepressible Mbappe.

Ronaldo has plenty of time to weigh up his options before then, with a well-earned break set to carry the five-time Ballon d'Or victor towards the 2018-19 campaign. This is all to say that you have to look at the state of the teams before making a judgement of who is better for their country. They could have proceeded to the knockout stage as the Group B victor until late second half when a controversial penalty goal from the opponent forced them to settle in a draw.

"The distinctive feature of the game was the dedication the players showed on the pitch, and that is the way that we see football", said Tabarez.

But the 31-year-old has always had to do something special to be the centre of attraction in his career, fitting himself into different positions for the La Celeste, either for long-serving Uruguay forward Diego Forlan, who forced him to the wings, or for Suarez.

Messi would be 35 by the time the Qatar World Cup kicks off in 2022. If Gonzalo Higuain finished just one of the key chances he had in each of these finals then we would be talking about Messi's incredible worldwide dominance. But this didn't eclipse his efforts and determination in his fourth World Cup trip.

Ronaldo will be almost 38 by the time the next World Cup comes around in Qatar in 2022. "In the second we were better, but we didn't make it", he explained.

To be fair, Portugal had four impressive performances in Russian Federation, including the one against Uruguay at the Fisht Stadium.

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