Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, who once again failed to score in a knockout game at a FIFA World Cup, has commented on rumours he could retire from international football.
The 33-year-old has played and scored in eight successive major tournaments, a record he shares with Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan.
Russia 2018 was Ronaldo's fourth World Cup participation, and while he netted four goals in the group stages this time around, he failed, for a fourth time, to score in the knockout stages of a World Cup.
It remains to be seen whether or not the ageing forward has the will to keep on playing international football, and he left no clues about his Portugal future after A Selecao were knocked out of the competition by Uruguay on Sunday.
"It's not the time to talk about the future of the coach, the players, the squad," he said, as quoted by talkSPORT.
"I'm absolutely sure this team will continue to be one of the best in the world. We have a team of players who are ambitious.
"There is a fantastic group with enormous ambition that wants to succeed and I am very confident that the national team will continue to be at the highest level."
Ronaldo also commented on his side's defeat to Uruguay, praising his teammates for their efforts in Russia.
"I think we played a good game and maybe we deserved more, but in football the ones that score the most goals win and they scored two, so congratulations," he added.
"We leave with our heads held high. As the captain of Portugal, I know how hard we have worked and we must be proud of the team."
Overall, Ronaldo has scored 85 goals in 154 appearances for Portugal, and became the leading European goalscorer of all time during the World Cup. Only legendary Iran striker Ali Daei has scored more at international level, with 109 strikes.
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