We played well, deserved more: Ronaldo

World Cup player watch: No rest for the wicked

World Cup player watch: No rest for the wicked

Egypt goalkeeper Essam El Hadary, who became the oldest ever player to feature at a World Cup at 45 years old, seems nearly certain to call it quits, while Germany midfielder Sami Khedira also looks like his legs are too far gone gone to compete at the highest level.

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

At times he looked disillusioned on the field as Argentine struggled to find anything like their usual style and he drifted deep into midfield in the forlorn hope of influencing games. "We have many young players who desire to achieve team success", he said. What emerged as well was a seemingly popular view that Messi couldn't deliver on the worldwide stage.

I wish him relaxing vacations; he badly deserves that after a glorious 2017/18 season with Real Madrid and spirited performances with Portugal in Russian Federation.

While impressive to watch, Ronaldo's game-tying hat trick also broke multiple records. Named as World's best player on five occasions by Federation Internationale de Football Association, he led his country to win the first European Championships trophy in 2016.

Other goals for France were scored through Antoine Griezmann and Benjamin Pavard.

Ronaldo has plenty of time to weigh up his options before then, with a well-earned break set to carry the five-time Ballon d'Or victor towards the 2018-19 campaign. It seems like Portugal are more balanced and tighter squad than Argentina. Despite all this it is simply harsh to say that Messi had a bad tournament. They could have proceeded to the knockout stage as the Group B victor until late second half when a controversial penalty goal from the opponent forced them to settle in a draw.

Two time winners Uruguay underlined their World Cup pedigree by outlasting European champions Portugal in an engrossing match up played in Sochi, Russia.

When it became apparent that Cavani wouldn't be able to continue playing, he attempted to walk off the pitch but he was clearly struggling.

Both Portugal and Lionel Messi's Argentina were knocked out from the round last-16. However, things have come so close to being different. "We don't know for sure how grave this injury really is".

Messi's return in Russian Federation was more meagre. They wouldn't have been in Russian Federation in the first place if it wasn't for his genius performance against Ecuador.

But it was the way Ronaldo was wearing his shorts during the loss that captured the attention of the Twittersphere.

On Sunday, for the first time at a World Cup since 1986, two games were decided on penalty shootouts on the same day.

"Organization of the world Cup I was pleasantly surprised".

Ronaldo lit up the early stages of the World Cup with a stunning hat trick against Spain and in total scored four goals in his four appearances in Russian Federation this summer. However, this should not devalue the quality of these two greats. We gave it our best shot and the team played well.

The Ronaldo and Messi debate will go on forever. Ronaldo fans will point to his five Champions Leagues whilst Messi's followers will mention his nine La Liga trophies. My favourite player is out but this does not mean the world around me has crumbled.

"Ronaldo has had another fantastic season", he said.

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