Uruguay midfielder Lucas Torreira admits it's been a heady rise from the lower leagues to the heights of international football.
Torreira was largely praised by experts after his side's 2-1 win over Portugal on Sunday (AEST), in particular his efforts in dealing with opposition captain Cristiano Ronaldo.
"I know that there was much feedback and many photos in social networks after the Portugal match" Torreira said.
"It was pleasant, but now we have a match against France ahead, and this team have strong players in every position. Our next opponents...have already defeated Argentina.
"Of course, this is an important moment for me. I'm 22 years old, I played in the fifth league a few years ago, and now I'm at the World Cup, defending Uruguay, the country where my family live... It's very much important to me."
Two-time former champions Uruguay will take on 1998 World Cup winners France in Nizhny Novgorod on Friday.
The 2018 FIFA World Cup kicked off on June 14 and will continue until July 15, with the matches being played in 11 cities across Russia.