If Barcelona forward Messi, who previously quit the Argentina team in 2016 before changing his mind, does not continue until the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, he will end his career without a major trophy for his country.
Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi, Cavani, Neymar and so many others are leading lights in Europe, so it is crucial for the game that South America goes deep into this World Cup. "We have a team with a lot of young players, so it's important that our captain remains with us". I wonder how people are in Uruguay.
Portugal won EURO 2016 and came to Russian Federation with high expectations after the surprise title in France two years ago, its first in a major tournament.
Portugal had 61 percent of the possession and four times as many shots at goal as the Uruguyans but Tabarez dismissed possession as a mere statistic and said what mattered was creating and converting chances.
"I think that shows their organisation, but I hope we're going to be the ones to break that", he said. Ronaldo may have just played in his final World Cup. And after Portugal equalized on Pepe's header in the 55th minute, it was Cavani again finishing a ideal Uruguay counter in the 62nd with a shot from just inside the penalty area that caught Portugal goalkeeper Rui Patricio slightly out of position and curled inside the far post.
Uruguay will play France in their quarter-final on Friday.
"The truth is, it was really exciting", Cavani said.
"I feel a great unity with this team", said Ignacio Dufort, a Uruguayan who lives in Stockholm and has come to Nizhny Novgorod to be close to the national team's training base.
The defeat by Uruguay meant Portugal repeated their last-16 exit at South Africa 2010, a performance that fell short of their fourth place at Germany 2006 and their best finish of third at England 1966.
The Portugal skipper further said that he is happy with kind of efforts put in by the players and asserted that this team will continue to win in the future. You'll see the teams doing their best to win.
Cavani sent the ball across the field to Suarez, who aggressively dribbled to the top corner of the penalty area.
"Today we committed a mistake that led to the equaliser but we have a very strong team in terms of mindset", Tabarez added, citing the value of his team's "intensity, focus and tactical intuition". Ronaldo scored four goals in Portugal's first two group stage matches.