"I'm happy, and I'm leaving here content because things went pretty well in general", said Ronaldo after his side's defeat to Uruguay. "It's very sad for Portugal though". "We know that France will be very tough indeed. We'll have to wait day by day to see how he feels".
Portugal coach Fernando Santos spent the World Cup denying that his team was only about Cristiano Ronaldo, but he will leave Russian Federation with even more doubts about the future of the European champions once their talismanic forward decides to hang up his boots.
"I'd like to congratulate Uruguay, who scored twice, but I'd also like to praise Portugal for what they did". Portugal had 61 percent of the possession, yet its only goal came off a set piece.
Uruguay are the only team in the competition yet to concede a goal after their three group games. In the single game against Portugal they saw five more. He may have lost the match but managed to win love and respect of everyone.
"The whole team sacrificed so we could get the win", Suarez said.
In Sochi, Euro 2016 winners Portugal will take on 2010 World Cup fourth-placed side Uruguay.
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.
Paris Saint-Germain striker Cavani curled home a superb 62nd-minute victor to settle a thrilling second round duel in Sochi which sends Uruguay into a quarter-final against France next Friday. With his 85th worldwide goal, he surpassed the mark held by Hungary legend Ferenc Puskas.
"There was a cross to the left, then a cross to the right - there is no scheme against that". 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. "There is no better place than a World Cup". The retired Argentine great had, after all, led his country to victory at the 1979 World Youth Championship. It's a tough match, like the ones we've been having, and we'll do our job, trying to be compact, defending all together. "We are just blessed to have him".
Russian Federation 2018 was the 33-year-old's third World Cup and it's unlikely he will be available for Qatar four years time. "I think what we did best today was to help the team". "He is excellent", Figo once commented. "That was an incredible play, they have never scored like that before".
"We want to stop them playing, make their strikers uncomfortable, that's our weapon".
A tweet sent out by the official Uruguay Twitter account did not confirm nor deny that the 31-year-old was definitely out of action, but claimed that he was "in pain" and continuing his rehabilitation process. Whatever the future may bring, there can be no doubting the legacy he has created in the national team.