Cristiano Ronaldo tight-lipped on future after World Cup exit

Cristiano Ronaldo tight-lipped on future after World Cup exit

Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani is now fighting for a full recovery so he can again lead the line with Luis Suarez against France in Nizhny Novgorod.

Cavani struck in the seventh minute of Saturday's last-16 tie in Sochi to put Uruguay in control, but Portugal hit back after the interval when Pepe headed home Raphael Guerreiro's cross. In what was one of Russia World Cup's most spectacular matches, 33-year-old Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo lit up the game with a hat-trick.

As he took his leave of the tournament, Ronaldo was in no doubt that Portugal had done the very best they could: "Generally speaking, we can be proud of our efforts". Comments like, "You must now say Cristiano go to house", "Good bay Portugal" and "Uruguay, jeje" were posted by Uruguay fans. The footballer refused to answer the question about the future of the coaching staff and players.

Messi has never scored in the knockout stages of the World Cup for Argentina. Doctors inform that Cavani has already started rehabilitation and perform some exercise. "We have many young players who desire to achieve team success", he said.

KAZAN, Russia - Argentina came to the World Cup with a generation of players that had won so much, just not at the highest level.

Cavani was in visible pain when he was substituted in the 74th minute during a 2-1 win over Portugal in the last-16 on Saturday after he scored both of Uruguay's goals. "I'm sure the national team will remain as one of the best in the world".

"We know that they were tight in the midfield, so we had some players playing wide to try to unblock the Uruguay defence, In the first half we did it less well".

"The distinctive feature of the game was the dedication the players showed on the pitch, and that is the way that we see football", he told reporters after the game.

Cavani has three goals in this tournament and had 28 goals this past season for Paris Saint-Germain in league play, with another seven in Champions League matches.

"Today we committed a mistake that led to the equaliser but we have a very strong team in terms of mindset", Tabarez added, citing the value of his team's "intensity, focus and tactical intuition".

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