Goalkeeping great Peter Schmeichel, who is an RT World Cup guest host, says both players looked jaded judging by their performances in the last 16 - and raised doubts over whether fans would ever see the pair on football's biggest stage again. "Ronaldo is very good people".
Maradona is in Russian Federation to watch the World Cup and has been a lively presence at Argentina matches, celebrating his country's dramatic win over Nigeria and resulting progression to the last 16 with an offensive gesture.
"We know what we would expect on Saturday but we have the weapons to defend well and to hurt them". The Argentine haggles, he creates, he has a style that I like a lot.
The Paris Saint-Germain forward opened the scoring early on to make it 1-0 before Pepe equalised after half-time.
That was the first goal the twice World Cup champions had conceded in the tournament in Russian Federation, but it took Cavani only seven minutes to put them back ahead at the packed Fisht Stadium overlooking the Black Sea. "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", Santos told reporters.
"Now is not the time to talk about the future of players and coaches", said Ronaldo, who, like Messi, leaves the World Cup having never scored a goal in the knockout rounds.
"But between Messi and Cristiano, I always choose Leo". Ronaldo had an opportunity in the first half to score from a free kick about 30 metres out but could only hit the wall.
Real Madrid forward Ronaldo, a European champion with Portugal two years ago, will be 37 by the time the next global showpiece rolls around - meaning it is unlikely he will improve on a run to the semi-finals in 2006.
That was the first goal Uruguay had conceded in the tournament but it took Cavani only seven minutes to put them back ahead at the packed Fisht Stadium.