Late in the game between Portugal and Uruguay, when the cause seemed lost for the Portuguese and Christiano Ronaldo, Ronaldo got into an ugly encounter with the referee for the match, Mexico’s Cesar Ramos, who promptly booked Ronaldo and made him ineligible for the next match in the 2018 FIFA World Cup tournament, a booking that turned out to be irrelevant, as Uruguay prevailed 2 – 1.
The game had some truly ugly moments and a number of clear fouls that were not called, to the benefit or detriment of both sides, dependent on which flag you chose to favour.
Ronaldo was mum on his international future, but he is 33 and may well choose not to endure international qualification for World Cup 2022 in Qatar.
One of the best players of all time, in the view of many, Ronaldo has yet to have the sort of World Cup results to which it would seem his birthright. This was his fourth World Cup and the fourth time he has exited without success.
He will be 37 by the time the next World Cup tournament is played, but he steadfastly refused to satisfy the queries of those who wanted to know his future plans regarding international play.
“Now is not the time to talk about the future of players and coaches,” Ronaldo said, but despite his obvious disappointment, he spoke of a bright future for Portugal.
“We have a fantastic group, young and with a lot of ambition and for that reason I think the team will remain strong,” he said in an article that appeared on Sky Sports.
He is one of a select group of world-class players for whom World Cup glory has been elusive.
Lionel Messi went out in 2018 WC play as well, as Argentina could not keep pace with a French side that marked his every move. Argentina earned a lead in that game early in the second half, when they went up 2 – 1 off a pass off Messi’s foot that was nothing other than sheer brilliance, but rather than continue to press, they went into defensive mode and gave France chance after chance, ultimately leading to a 4 – 3 win by Les Bleus.