Cristiano Ronaldo refuses to discuss Portugal future after World Cup exit

Cristiano Ronaldo refuses to discuss Portugal future after World Cup exit

First, Lionel Messi's Argentina departed following an incredible goal-fest with France, before Uruguay edged out Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal.

Ronaldo will be almost 38 by the time the next World Cup comes around in Qatar in 2022. We have a team with many young players and of course we all want him there with us.

The 34-year old told reporters after the 4-3 loss to France saying: "It's time to say goodbye, it's time to support from outside".

However, their blanks in their respective games today means the duo have both still never scored a goal in a World Cup knockout game.

Yet despite his brilliance - and some talented team mates - Argentina have remained without such a trophy - losing to Germany in the 2010 World Cup quarter-finals and suffering the same fate in the 2014 final in Rio.

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Ronaldo has already scored four goals at Russian Federation 2018, helping Fernando Santos' men progress from Group B.

Currently, Ronaldo is second in the race for the Golden Boot with four goals and is tied with Belgium's Romelu Lukaku, behind leader Harry Kane on five strikes in the competition.

Portugal coach Fernando Santos was hopeful that the Real Madrid man will continue to represent his country for some time yet, with Portugal's next challenge to defend the European Championship title they won in France two years ago. "We gave everything until the end", he said amid tears and disappointment after the game.

He explained: 'We looked at different options in an important game and had to make a decision.

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