Paris Saint-Germain striker Cavani curled home a superb 62nd-minute victor to settle a thrilling second round duel in Sochi which sends Uruguay into a quarter-final against France next Friday. Portugal's only goal came early in the second half by Pepe (55').
Ronaldo will be 35 by the next European Championship, and 37 by the next World Cup in Qatar.
The 19-year-old forward's electric pace caused Argentina problems all afternoon and his twin strikes helped France overturn a 2-1 deficit and set up a quarterfinal date with Portugal or Uruguay, who play later on Saturday. "My players have ambition, me too, but it will be a hard match", said Deschamps, who is now the longest-serving France coach, with 80 matches in charge.
"Ronaldo is a leader, the way he scores the goals and how important they are", Forlan told BBC Radio 5 live.
It is still unclear if Cavani will start the France game on the bench or not. 'The whole team sacrificed so we could get the win, ' said Suarez.
Neither Cristiano Ronaldo nor Lionel Messi will lift the World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium on July 15 after Portugal and Argentina were eliminated in the round of 16 on Saturday. We know that the squares have been full back home and that the people there were really rooting for us.
In contrast, Uruguay march on with arguably the best defence in worldwide football and one of the best strike pairings anywhere.
Four years ago, Messi led Argentina to the World Cup final, but the two-time champions lost to Germany.
Edinson Cavani, who failed to finish the match after suffering a late injury, scored a superb goal in each half, and although Pepe scored in-between, it was not enough to halt the Uruguayans, who have now won all four of their matches so far in Russian Federation.
"We want to stop them playing, make their strikers uncomfortable, that's our weapon". Obviously I'm very happy for (Cavani's) goals and that they helped us win. Many commented on her Instagram post, in which she wished Ronaldo and Portugal good luck, calling her the reason for the team's defeat.