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Ronaldo tight-lipped on future after World Cup

04 July, 2018, 15:48 | Author: Carla Brady
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Uruguay forward Edinson Cavani has a left calf injury and remains a doubt for its World Cup quarterfinal match against France.

European champions Portugal came up against a superior version of themselves as they were knocked out of the World Cup by Uruguay on Saturday (June 30).

But three substitutions that brought on Corentin Colliso, Nabil Fekir and Florian Thauvin for Mbappe, Griezman and Blaise Matuildi handed back the initiative to Argentina who scored a consolation goal through Sergio Aguero. 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 19-year-old became the first teenager to score two in a World Cup match since Pele netted twice for Brazil against Sweden in the 1958 final, turning the game on its head after Argentina had taken a 2-1 lead early in the second-half.

"El Maestro" Tabarez has been in charge of Uruguay for 12 years and has not only forged a strong team who rarely fail to deliver on the big stage, but also a side with an vast work ethic and huge experience. "They've shown throughout the World Cup how good their game is, their speed, how compact they are, it's unbelievable".

"This growth is natural and we have a team with many young players."
Uruguay also have a reputation as World Cup party poopers - including Ghana in 2010 - and history is on their side. "The way they play and their spirit remind me of my club: very tough at the back and lethal up front. There is another mentality", said Uruguay's record scorer, who has 53 goals in 102 appearances.




Indeed, despite their string of honours, neither Messi nor Ronaldo has tallied a World Cup knockout goal in their careers.

"I am sure he will. Cristiano still has a lot to give to the game", Santos said when asked if he felt his captain would carry on representing his country.

"Everybody knows that any team in the world depends on its players, and of course we have one of the best in the world, but you can ask the Uruguay coach the same question about Suarez, Cavani - you have great players in every team", Santos added. If he terrorizes the Uruguay defense like he did Argentina's - scoring France's third and fourth goals - then he'll start to look like one of the odds frontrunners for the Golden Ball. "We are very sad but that's football", he said while addressing the press.

"There is a tournament in September and we hope Cristiano will be with us to help the players grow".

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