Messi left wondering on the world stage again. Messi is two years younger than his great rival, having turned 31 during this World Cup, but doubts will be even more fervent over his global future after such a bitterly disappointing campaign in which he scored a solitary goal and cut such a peripheral figure in Argentina's defeat to France.
Messi, 31, netted his first goal of Russian Federation 2018 in Argentina's decisive 2-1 win over Nigeria on Tuesday.
Uruguay, world champions in 1930 and 1950, will play France, who beat Argentina 4-3 earlier in the day, in Nizhny Novgorod on July 6.
Antoine Griezmann gave France the lead from the penalty spot but the South Americans levelled with a sweet hit from Angel Di Maria and edged ahead shortly after half-time through Gabriel Mercado.
Either side of Suarez's chance, it was all Portugal - from possession, to meaningful possession and scoring chances - and finally, after trailing for almost 50 minutes, they were level after 55 minutes, thanks to Pepe's unmarked header from Raphael Guerreiro's corner kick. France breezed through the Group Stage, defeating Australia and Peru while drawing against Denmark and surrendering just one goal along the way.
Perhaps now we can enjoy the World Cup without the distraction of the GOAT (Greatest Of All Time) debate or having to watch these two trying to single-handedly drag their teams over the line. "There is a tournament in September, the UEFA [Nations League], and we hope he will be with us to help the younger ones to grow", Santos told reporters.
Ronaldo had the opportunity to stake his claim as the GOAT at the World Cup following Messi's elimination but he, too, is being sent home after Portugal lost 2-1 to Uruguay courtesy of a dazzling Edinson Cavani display.
"We know that, we are warned". Uruguay will play France in the last eight in Nizhny Novgorod on Friday.