Portugal coach Santos turns melancholic after defeat, hopes Ronaldo doesn't quit

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Portugal coach Santos turns melancholic after defeat, hopes Ronaldo doesn't quit

Portugal coach Fernando Santos once again stressed the importance of his other 22 players around main man Cristiano Ronaldo as they prepare to face Uruguay in the World Cup last 16 on Saturday.

In 2016, the world star changed his decision and came back to the national team to play the CONMEBOL World Cup qualifiers and somehow he managed to send his country to Russian Federation after he scored a hat-trick against Ecuador in the last match day.

"So, yes, it seems like he's getting better with age".

The social media trolls also targeted Argentina striker Lionel Messi's wife Antonella Roccuzzo after the team lost 0-3 to Croatia in the group stage.

Many commented on her Instagram post, in which she wished Ronaldo and Portugal good luck, calling her the reason for the team's defeat. The 33-year-old Ronaldo made most appearances at World Cups and European Championships among all players since his debut in 2004.

Uruguay's Edinson Cavani celebrates scoring their first goal. Following a corner, Ronaldo rose up, but it was the unmarked Pepe, 35, who sent home the header from behind, as the oldest Portugal player to score at a World Cup and for the first time here in Russian Federation to strike a ball into the net of Uruguay. "There is a tournament in September, the UEFA (Nations League) and we hope he will be with us to help the younger ones to grow", he told reporters. Portugal's possession advantage was meaningless because it couldn't break down the Uruguayan defense.

Together, they have scored 98 goals in 207 appearances for Uruguay.

"This is football. Whoever scores more goals wins", Ronaldo said. "We'll have to wait day by day to see how he feels". "There are hard games in store for us though". A narrow victory against Morocco was their only win in their first three matches and they will have to improve against Uruguay, who are unlikely to allow spaces behind their defense.

"As the captain, I'm proud of the players, the coaching team, the staff, and all the people who worked with the group to make sure everything went well".

Russian Federation 2018 has been a tournament where strikers have come to the party; Harry Kane has scored 5 goals and Romelu Lukaku has 4, yet Uruguay are the only side to play with two out-and-out strikers.

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