Cristiano Ronaldo has allegedly said that it is not the correct time to talk about his international future following Portugal's exit from the 2018 World Cup.
Portugal were beaten 2-1 by an Edinson Cavani-inspired Uruguay in Saturday evening's knockout tie at the Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi.
Ronaldo will be 37 by next World Cup in Qatar four years from now, leaving a lot of people to believe that he has competed in the showpiece competition for the last time.
Asked if he is planning on walking away following the defeat to Uruguay, however, the Real Madrid superstar told reporters: “Now is not the time to talk about the future of players and coaches. We have a fantastic group, young and with a lot of ambition and for that reason, I think the team will remain strong.”
Portugal coach Fernando Santos is optimistic that Ronaldo will stay on for at least one more World Cup, with the inaugural UEFA Nations League scheduled to commence in the autumn.
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