Published: Sun, July 01, 2018
Sports | By Brandy Patterson

Headline acts Messi and Ronaldo bid farewell to World Cup

Headline acts Messi and Ronaldo bid farewell to World Cup

Make no mistake about it, their failure at the World Cup - both have still not scored in the knockout rounds in four editions - does not diminish what they have achieved in other competitions.

Maradona is in Russian Federation to watch the World Cup and has been a lively presence at Argentina matches, celebrating his country's dramatic win over Nigeria and resulting progression to the last 16 with an offensive gesture.

But his teamamate, Javier Mascherano, confirmed his retirement after a record 147 matches for Argentina.

The referee decided it was a free kick on the edge of the box, however, and even if Pogba blasted high over the bar, Argentina looked shell-shocked at Mbappe's early onslaught.

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He was then largely bypassed in a 3-0 thrashing by Croatia that put Argentina on the brink of an embarrassing group-stage exit.

Three minutes into the second half and they were ahead, Messi curling a shot hopefully towards Hugo Lloris in the France goal and right back Mercado reacting instinctively to deflect the ball into the net.

"I've done all I can". "It's not a fair result, we did enough for another result", Portugal coach Fernando Santos said.

Less than two months later he reversed that decision. "Now I'm one more fan of the national team".

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But they will be keeping a close eye on Croatia vs Iceland, which will be happening simultaneously. Argentina must win against Nigeria to have any chance of progressing to the last 16.

Messi nearly single-handedly carried Argentina through a troubled qualifying campaign, but that ultimately only delayed another bitter disappointment.

Ronaldo will be 37 by the time of the next World Cup in Qatar, but he would not be drawn on whether he planned to extend his global career. He played 334 times for Barcelona before leaving at the end of last season for China to join Herbei China Fortune.

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"It's often hard to be at the level of such a great player".

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But Salah, 26, was hopeful Egypt could return to the world stage in 2022 and improve next time around. After the Saudis scored their injury-time victor on Monday, Salah pulled his jersey up over his face.

Messi failed to get on the scoresheet, but was still pulling the strings for Gonzalo Higuain, Carlos Tevez and Sergio Aguero.

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