The two share similar traits as players: they are fiercely competitive, possess a work-rate as monstrous as their goal-scoring records and are capable of producing moments of beauty with the ball.
But the draw didn't last long.
Uruguay won all three of their group matches, beating hosts Russian Federation 3-0 in their last outing, and are the only team yet to concede a goal at the tournament.
The Real Madrid star exited his fourth World Cup in disappointment after two goals from Edinson Cavani saw the Uruguayans advance to the last eight. We'll see what happens, we'll do [medical] exams. "I think we played a good game and maybe we deserved more, but in football, the ones that score the most goals win and they scored two, so congratulations", Marca.com quoted Ronaldo, as saying. Cruyff, Di Stefano, Eusebio, Best, Platini and Zico are all players of the highest level whom never won the most coveted trophy.
"I am sure he will. Cristiano still has a lot to give to the game", Santos said when asked if he felt his captain would carry on representing his country.
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.
If Cavani doesn't recover in time, coach Oscar Tabarez could replace him with Cristhian Stuani.. "We have a young and ambitious squad", he said.
"At this stage of the tournament I think you need a ideal game to be able to advance", Suarez said after the South Americans vanquished Portugal. "But we have a very strong team in terms of our mindset". France go into the match after a relatively comfortable group stage and after resting players in their last group match. It will be very hard for us.
"Cavani sustained an injury tonight and we will have to see how that evolves as it's not clear at this stage how serious it is", he said. Obviously I'm very happy for (Cavani's) goals and that they helped us win. "Right now, we are only anxious but we don't know how serious the injury really is". But we will try our best and look to impose our way of playing on them, using our strengths.