In their ranks was five-time Ballon d'Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo, with the Real Madrid superstar unable to add the ultimate trophy to his glittering cabinet.
Why does Cristiano Ronaldo always wear long sleeve shirts?
And that's because for around the last decade, Cristiano Ronaldo has worn nothing but his now signature long-sleeves.
Through most of his time with Manchester United and then Real Madrid, the Portuguese star has stuck to this - except for a few rare occasions.
No one is completely sure whether it is superstition, a fashion statement or simply the jersey he feels most comfortable in.
But brand Ronaldo does have a certain 'look' - and this includes the long-sleeve shirt.
Potentially the turning point could've been the painful Euro 2004 and World Cup 2006 campaigns, both of which ended with Ronaldo in tears on the pitch.
|The 2004 defeat to Greece in the Euro final was tough for the young Ronaldo to take|
Whether it is superstition or fashion, Ronaldo's legend continues to grow thanks to his incredible exploits on the pitch.
His incredible hat-trick against Spain showed that he's turned up meaning business in Russia - and will be hoping to fire Portugal past Uruguay and to the quarter-finals. SHARE THIS STORY USING ANY OF THE BUTTON BELOW ⬇ PLACE YOUR TEXT ADVERT BELOW ⬇⬇⬇