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Cristiano Ronaldo deserves a lot of credit for his post-match interview after Portugal loss

So, both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have been knocked out of the World Cup on the very same day.

It was suggested that the two superstars were appearing in their last World Cup – a competition they are both desperate to win before they retire.

But just hours after Messi and Argentina had lost 4-3 to France, Cristiano was also on his way to the airport after his Portugal side lost 2-1 to Uruguay.

Ronaldo will be 37 when the Qatar World Cup comes around – although you certainly wouldn’t bet against him making himself available for that.

However, this was realistically his last chance to win the biggest prize in football and he was clearly devastated at crashing out at the last-16 stage.

His frustrations got the better of him towards the end of the match and he was booked for screaming in the face of referee Cesar Arturo Ramos when a decision didn’t go Portugal’s way.

And following his self-centred post-match interview after Real Madrid won the Champions League last month, fans may have expected something similar after being eliminated from the World Cup.

After Madrid had beaten Liverpool 3-1 in Kiev, Ronaldo – who hadn’t scored in the final – appeared to take the attention away from hero Gareth Bale by suggesting he will be leaving the club this summer.

It was really unnecessary and Ronaldo deservedly got criticised for it.

But Ronaldo was definitely the ultimate sportsman on Saturday night.

He had already helped Edinson Cavani off the pitch after the two-goal hero injured his calf and Ronaldo’s post-match interview was just pure class.

Cristiano congratulated Uruguay, FIFA and Russia for the hosting of the World Cup, while refusing to make a fuss about his future with the national team.

"We must congratulate Uruguay because they are the national team that are in the quarter-finals," he said post-match.

"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.

"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.

"And I also want to congratulate the organisation of this World Cup, it has been fantastic in every way; the organisation, the security, the atmosphere is perfect and it must be said.

"We go with our heads held high and we are sure that this team will continue to win things."

And when asked about his future, he said: "It's not the time to talk about the future, when it comes to the players and coach," asserted the winger.

"This team will continue to be one of the best in the world, with quality players, a young group, united. I am confident and happy because this team will always fight with all their strength."

Now that’s how you conduct a post-match interview after crashing out of the World Cup.



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