Published: Fri, July 06, 2018
Sport | By Patty Hardy

Portugal hopes to count on Ronaldo to lead new generation

Portugal hopes to count on Ronaldo to lead new generation

Today's survey revealed that striker edema, but without breaking muscle tissue.

At 33, many feel we have seen the last of Ronaldo the World Cup, although the player himself shunned questions on the issue after the defeat against Uruguay. "We tried our best and we played a good game", Santos said.

The leader of Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo was unable to score a goal in the match of 1/8 final of the 2018 world Cup.

Ronaldo had a great start at the tournament in Russian Federation, scoring four goals in two matches, but he was held scoreless in the next two games as Portugal lost first place in its group and eventually was eliminated by Uruguay.

According to the French sports daily L'Equipe, the 31-year-old, who scored three goals in four matches at the World Cup in Russian Federation, underwent a medical examination and was diagnosed with muscle damage in his left calf, though he had avoided rupturing the muscle in question.

Speaking at a press conference, Suarez praised the Paris Saint-Germain striker's ability and fighting spirit, but conceded that it might not be enough for Uruguay to get him back on the pitch in time to face Les Bleus in Nizhny Novgorod.

The 1998 champions are into the quarterfinals for the seventh time, and coming off a 4-3 win over Lionel Messi's Argentina in an enthralling contest at Kazan Arena in which they dominated throughout and exposed Argentina's defensive flaws.

Skipper Ronaldo has netted four times in Russian Federation, including a hat-trick in his side's opening game against Spain.

His best performance was against Spain; three goals and an nearly ideal game, with 94 percent pass completion.

"About Mbappe, everybody knows he's a really good player, he's like (Thierry) Henry a few years ago", Uruguay's own hotshot Luis Suarez told reporters after training on Tuesday.

NAIJ.com previously reported that Uruguay defeated Portugal 2-1 to become the second country to reach Russian Federation 2018 quarter finals.

If Cavani is unable to recover his replacement will also come from the Spanish Liga Santander with either Cristhian Stuani or Maxi Gomez in line to play. But this didn't eclipse his efforts and determination in his fourth World Cup trip.

"We tried our best, but we're very sad for the Portuguese people that we weren't able to make it."

Portugal had no Plan B to fall back on to answer Cavani's masterful strikes on either side of Pepe's headed goal in the 55th minute.

"France is playing very well, they have proved it throughout the World Cup", Bentancur said.

Despite the five-time Ballon d'Or suggesting he'll remain at the highest level into his 40's, his post-match comments sparked rumours he may end his 15-year career with A Seleção das Quinas.

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