"We could feel their presence with us and there's a real sadness in the dressing room that we weren't able to make it through for them".
Russian Federation 2018 has been a tournament where strikers have come to the party; Harry Kane has scored 5 goals and Romelu Lukaku has 4, yet Uruguay are the only side to play with two out-and-out strikers.
"At this stage we still believe we have room for improvement", Alves said. "This team will continue to be one of the best in the world, with quality players and a young group who are close together", Ronaldo said. What emerged as well was a seemingly popular view that Messi couldn't deliver on the worldwide stage.
When the inevitable question about Portugal's record goal-scorer Ronaldo came, the 63-year-old's face broke into a grin. Uruguay also have a reputation as World Cup party poopers - including Ghana in 2010 - and history is on their side. Firstly, the obvious thing that still needs pointing out is that football is a team sport.
According to Ronaldo, he felt very happy and leaves the tournament with his head held high.
Ronaldo showed flashes of his brilliance but he could not break into the resolute Uruguayan back line. Despite all this it is simply harsh to say that Messi had a bad tournament. If he terrorizes the Uruguay defense like he did Argentina's - scoring France's third and fourth goals - then he'll start to look like one of the odds frontrunners for the Golden Ball.
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"This is football. Whoever scores more goals wins", Ronaldo said.
What should be taken away therefore is that it's clear both players are more than capable of delivering on the worldwide stage but are unable to do absolutely everything for their teams.
Ronaldo will be a 37-year-old at the beginning of the Quatar World Cup 2022, and there are speculations if Russian Federation will be his last World Cup stop.
The social media trolls also targeted Argentina striker Lionel Messi's wife Antonella Roccuzzo after the team lost 0-3 to Croatia in the group stage.
Both the former Napoli forward and Suarez missed the first two qualifiers against Bolivia and Colombia back in 2015, but Uruguay won those games comfortably, without conceding a goal.
Uruguay will seek to summon up all their famous defensive spirit in Friday's quarter-final against France to shackle the Europeans' lighting-fast teenage top-scorer Kylian Mbappe.
"He's always the best player in the world", he said.