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Messi, Ronaldo World Cup exits signal changing of the guard

01 July, 2018, 10:43 | Author: Drew Briggs
  • Uruguay won all three of their World Cup group games

Remarkably, neither Ronaldo nor Messi have managed to score a single goal in a knockout tie in four World Cups going back to 2006.

Here, AFP Sport looks at Messi's biggest disappointments with Argentina.

Samson Siasia, former Super Eagles' Coach- could not hide his feelings about Lionel Messi, following the Argentine's unimpressive outing in the ongoing World Cup in Russian Federation.

Ronaldo started off this year's tournament with a hat trick against Spain and then added another goal against Morocco.

But despite setting up two of his side's three goals, Messi could only watch from afar as 19-year-old Kylian Mbappe exposed Argentina's fragile defence by scoring twice and winning a penalty in a seven-goal thriller in Kazan to announce himself as a potential successor to Messi's throne as the world's best.

Messi previously stepped away from worldwide duty following Argentina's defeat in the Copa America final to Chile in 2016, having missed a penalty in the shoot-out.

"I've done all I can".

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"Now it's not the time to talk about the future", Ronaldo said. "There are no more illusions for me", he told Argentina's TyC sports channel.

Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo has refused to discuss his retirement plans after the World Cup exit. He is, most of the time, from a different planet, but even for the Barcelona superstar, playing at the biggest worldwide stage in four years might be too much.

Matuidi will play deep on the left looking to cut the link between Messi and his midfield support.

Argentina player during a training session.

Early on, the Albiceleste's sheer firepower proved too much as they eased past Nigeria, South Korea and Greece in the group stage before beating Mexico 3-1 in the last 16.

Despite failing to get on the scoresheet, the Barcelona star laid on two assists, one each for Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Mercado.

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