Messi, Ronaldo exit as Argentina, Portugal lose out

04 July, 2018, 17:27 | Author: Ellis Copeland
  • Milan Badelj celebrates scoring Croatia's first goal in the World Cup Group D match with Iceland in Rostov-on D

But neither Lionel Messi nor Cristiano Ronaldo will have a World Cup to their name, possibly ever, after Argentina and Portugal lost their round of 16 matches on Saturday (June 30).

The loss meant that Messi has never been able to score in the knockout phase of a World Cup. "Leo?" newly-painted above the Ronaldo portrait.

They labored to a 1-1 draw with Iceland in their opener, were crushed 3-0 by Croatia in their next game, and needed a late victor from full-back Marcos Rojo to secure a place in the last 16.

Sampaoli is resisting intense pressure to resign following Argentina's 4-3 defeat to France on Saturday during a World Cup campaign that was fraught with tension and disputes. Many football fans, this news annoyed, because without these two geniuses the world Cup could be not such interesting and entertaining.

The Atletico Madrid forward has thus far scored two goals at the World Cup, both of which were penalties, and the French attacker still has another level to reach at this tournament.

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Maradona would jump at the chance to join that project if asked, with the 1986 World Cup victor prepared to work without payment for the good of his country. In a matter of hours on Saturday, soccer's biggest names were knocked out of the World Cup, ousted by better opponents and overshadowed by players of enormous ability.

Mbappe was a constant threat to Argentina's creaking defence with his speed and skill, and was at the heart of France's often-breathtaking display, particularly in the middle of the second half. Messi and Ronaldo went along with their home teams.

"I'm very happy, and it's flattering to be compared to a great player like Pele", said Mbappe, born a few months after France won the 1998 World Cup.

Spain midfielder David Silva said his side will be treating the match "as if we were playing against Brazil". We don't need to describe him.

Russian Federation are hoping for a World Cup miracle on Sunday as the host nation take on 2010 winners Spain for a place in the quarter-finals after Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi exited the tournament.

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