Edinson Cavani, who had scored twice for Uruguay, suffered an injury which required him to be substituted in the second half. "It hurts not to be a champion", Messi said at the time.
Cristiano Ronaldo declined to comment on his global future on Saturday after bowing out of the World Cup following Portugal's 2-1 defeat by Uruguay.
Throughout his career, he scored 98 goals for Brazil in 62 appearances between 1994 to 2011, and was one of the key figures for the side in the World Cup-winning campaign in 2002.
Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo has refused to discuss his retirement plans after the World Cup exit.
The 33-year-old told reporters in Russian Federation after Portugal's 2-1 loss to Uruguay on Saturday (Sunday NZ time) that "it's not the right time to talk about my future, or about the coach or any of the players".
Uruguay closed out the game for the win, with the closing stages to what could be Ronaldo's World Cup swansong not showing the best from a man who has scored four goals at Russian Federation 2018 - including a stunning hat-trick in Sochi in the opening game against Spain. "Happy for what happened today, I hope we can go further", Cavani said.
A Strawberry Moon will sweeten up the night sky tonight
The higher your observation point, and the fewer buildings and cloud are obstructing the horizon, the sooner you'll see it. When will be the best time to see it? It will rise in the east Wednesday at 7:28 p.m. and Thursday at 8:16 p.m.
"He is an exceptional player", said Uruguay's veteran coach Oscar Tabarez.
"In football, there are no moral victories and I would have preferred to play worse and win the match", Portugal coach Fernando Santos said, adding they still needed Ronaldo to guide the national team's younger players.
Now, the defensive midfielder says it's time for a new generation to shine: "Hopefully they can achieve something".
Sergio Aguero gave Argentina late hope but they ran out of time and head home after a rollercoaster ride in Russian Federation that ultimately ends in bitter disappointment for the two-time former champions.
"Certainly, yes, Cristiano still has a lot to give to football".
"We tried our best and we played a good game".