'Ronaldo seems to want to go on forever' - Neville hopes to see Messi & CR7 at Qatar 2022

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An ex-Manchester United team-mate of Portugal's superstar forward expects him to play on, but is not so sure about the plans of Argentina's talisman

Cristiano Ronaldo “seems to want to go on forever” and is likely to make Qatar 2022 with Portugal, says Gary Neville, but eternal rival Lionel Messi has a big decision to take with Argentina.

The two dominant forces of the global game over the last 10 years both tasted World Cup heartache on Saturday.

Messi was on the wrong end of a 4-3 defeat to France, while Ronaldo was unable to inspire the Euro 2016 champions as they were downed 2-1 by Uruguay.

Neither of the multiple Ballon d’Or winners were able to get among the goals in their respective contests, stretching their scoreless runs in the knockout stages of football’s showpiece event, and it remains to be seen whether they will be back for more in four years’ time.

Neville, a former Manchester United team-mate of Ronaldo, hopes they will be, telling ITV Sport: “It’s a shame if we don’t [see Messi and Ronaldo at the next World Cup]. They have been incredible players.

“From Messi’s point of view, maybe that’s it. Ronaldo seems to want to go on forever.

“Can they retire? The whole weight of the nation is on their shoulders.”

Ex-England international Lee Dixon added: “Ronaldo is the one who looks fit and motivated.

“How do they get out of that situation? We were retired by someone else! But it’s up to them.”

Ronaldo tried to provide the spark for Portugal against Uruguay, as his Russia 2018 dream began to die, but he got little change out of La Liga rivals Diego Godin and Jose Maria Gimenez, with Atletico getting the better of Real in the international battle of Madrid.

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Neville added: “The two centre-backs played well against Cristiano Ronaldo tonight but everything that came into that box they had to clear.

“They will have to do that against France. They are an experienced outfit who play to their strengths.”

Uruguay are set to face France on Friday at the quarter-final stage, with both nations heading into that contest confident that they can book a place in the last four.

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