Portugal coach Fernando Santos said he hoped Cristiano Ronaldo would continue with the national team, which he said shared the sadness of the Portuguese people after they crashed out of the World Cup with a 2-1 defeat by Uruguay.
If he's right about that, he could be playing at not just the next World Cup but the 2026 World Cup as well.
Despite being one of just five teams to have won the World Cup a few times and boasting two of the finest strikers in European soccer in its attack, Uruguay flew under most people's radar heading into the World Cup. This meant that Portugal have lost their fourth World Cup knockout match in a row.
Messi's return in Russian Federation was more meager - at times he looked disillusioned on the field as Argentine struggled to find anything like their usual style and he drifted deep into midfield in the forlorn hope of influencing games.
One player who could significantly help Uruguay in trying to contain Ronaldo is defender Jose Maria Gimenez, who missed the group stage finale with a thigh injury.
What stood out Saturday against Portugal was Uruguay's comfort without the ball.
"The greatest virtue of the Uruguay team is that they are Uruguay".
'We leave with our heads held high.
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"There are 400,000 people who have signed up, people who are going to be wearing white at rallies across the country". She is calling for more people to join on June 30 when a nationwide event is planned.
The World Cup lost its headline acts on Saturday as the game's two biggest stars, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, readied to leave Russian Federation after their teams were eliminated in the round of 16.
Suarez then cut inside and sent a pinpoint diagonal cross to the far post where Cavani slipped in unnoticed by seven Portugal players to score with a bullet header.
Uruguay didn't concede against Egypt, Saudi Arabia or Russian Federation in the Group Stages, as they topped Group A, and their opening goal against Portugal was an ominous sign for the Europeans.
"Cavani has to thank Suarez today, but his movement has always been brilliant, finishing not always great but, for the first, he improvises brilliantly", said Keown.
Uruguay players used to have the reputation for being dirty. But the forward departed the World Cup with four goals and with his manager insisting that there is still a place for him in the Portugal side. I am happy, happy, happy. "You have a coach who has been working with them for 12 years, very experienced, very high-quality", he said, adding that they have yet to concede a goal in 2018.
Portugal coach Fernando Santos knew the question about Portugal's dependence on Ronaldo was coming, and said he even won a coffee because of it after making a bet with the team's press officer ahead of Friday's news conference.