Ronaldo's World Cup exit is down in large part to the talents of Uruguayan strike duo Luis Suarez and Edison Cavani - the latter of whom scored a stunning double in Sochi. "It hurts not to be a champion", Messi said at the time.
Russian Federation are hoping for a World Cup miracle on Sunday as the host nation take on 2010 winners Spain for a place in the quarter-finals after Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi exited the tournament.
Lionel Messi's Argentina were dumped out in a thrilling 4-3 defeat in the first quarter final, with Kylian Mbappe stealing the headlines, grabbing a brace and producing a wondrous Man of the Match performance as Les Bleus progressed to the quarter finals.
Ronaldo will be 37 by the time of the next World Cup in Qatar, but he would not be drawn on whether he planned to extend his worldwide career.
The 33-year-old told reporters in Russian Federation after Portugal's 2-1 loss to Uruguay on Saturday (Sunday NZ time) that "it's not the right time to talk about my future, or about the coach or any of the players".
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Ronaldo reached the semi-finals with Portugal in his first World Cup in Germany, but has never made it past the last 16 since then.
"I think there is often a mistaken assumption that possession leads to scoring opportunities", Uruguay's long-serving coach Oscar Tabarez told reporters.
Ronaldo has now played in four World Cups and scored a total of seven goals, three of which came against Spain this summer.
Now, the defensive midfielder says it's time for a new generation to shine: "Hopefully they can achieve something".
"I am sure he will. Cristiano still has a lot to give to the game", Santos said when asked if he felt his captain would carry on representing his country.
"We know that they were tight in the midfield, so we had some players playing wide to try to unblock the Uruguay defence".