Cristiano Ronaldo has refused to confirm one way or another whether he will retire from international football following Portugal’s World Cup exit.
The Real Madrid forward, who is now 33, helped his nation progress from their group and set up a tie with Uruguay in the last-16 of the tournament.
But Portugal couldn’t prevent Edinson Cavani from doing the business, and two from the Paris Saint-Germain forward saw Uruguay progress to the quarter-finals, where they will play France.
Ronaldo’s long-term rival Lionel Messi crashed out of the World Cup on the very same day, and speculation as to whether he – at the age of 31 – would now retire from international football also emerged.
Both Ronaldo and Messi would be 37 and 34 respectively when the next World Cup comes around, and it is yet unclear whether they will still be a part of their country’s international set-up at this time.
When asked about his future immediately after Sunday’s defeat, Ronaldo told reporters: "It’s not the time to talk about the future, when it comes to the players and coach
"This team will continue to be one of the best in the world, with quality players, a young group, united.
"I am confident and happy because this team will always fight with all their strength."
Ronaldo had been a stand-out player in this summer’s tournament in Russia, and netted a hat-trick for his nation in their very first match against Spain.
The forward went on to score in just the fourth minute of Portugal’s 1-0 win over Morocco, but his form hit somewhat of a temporary road block when he missed a spot-kick in the 1-1 draw with Iran.
Ronaldo had chances against Uruguay, but was unable to convert them as Portugal struggled to break down the defensive pairing of Jose Gimenez and Diego Godin.
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