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Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo tight-lipped on future after Uruguay loss

01 July, 2018, 08:08 | Author: Hannah Francis
  • SAINT PETERSBURG RUSSIA- JUNE 26 Ever Banega of Argentina in action during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group D match between Nigeria and Argentina at Saint Petersburg Stadium

After an eventful evening watching Argentina squeeze past Nigeria in the group stage, Diego Maradona was back in the centre of attention as his beloved Argentina met France in the World Cup's Round of 16 on Saturday.

He is Belgium's record scorer with 40 goals in 71 appearances and will be central to their hopes as Roberto Martinez attempts to finally get the best out of a golden generation.

He was then largely bypassed in a 3-0 thrashing by Croatia that put Argentina on the brink of an embarrassing group-stage exit.

Several players have promise, including 25-year-old Mauro Icardi, who scored 29 goals for Inter Milan last season but did not make the World Cup squad, and Angel Correa, a 23-year-old attacking midfielder at Atletico Madrid.

In the aftermath, with emotions running high, Messi announced his retirement from worldwide football on the back of three final defeats in three consecutive years.

Ronaldo had the opportunity to stake his claim as the GOAT at the World Cup following Messi's elimination but he, too, is being sent home after Portugal lost 2-1 to Uruguay courtesy of a dazzling Edinson Cavani display.




Less than two months later he reversed that decision.

"I am convinced that Argentina football has very, very good players and very, very good young players so we will have to work on them to be one of the first teams in the world again", Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli said.

Messi nearly single-handedly carried Argentina through a troubled qualifying campaign, but that ultimately only delayed another bitter disappointment.

"We're now speculating, was this the last time we saw Ronaldo and Messi at the World Cup?".

Argentina suffered a 4-3 loss at the hands of France in the first round of 16 game of the tournament while Portugal were dealt the knockout blow by Uruguay. "Still, it's great to join the list of players that have achieved such feats".

The 19-year-old forward's electric pace caused Argentina problems all afternoon and his twin strikes helped France overturn a 2-1 deficit and set up a meeting with Uruguay, who later beat Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal 2-1 in Sochi.

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