France vs Argentina : Messi’s disappointments with Argentina

France vs Argentina : Messi’s disappointments with Argentina

France vs Argentina : Messi’s disappointments with Argentina

Meanwhile, Lionel Messi - Ronaldo's rival for the best player in the world mantle - declined to speak to the media after Argentina were eliminated from the World Cup.

The 33-year-old told reporters in Russian Federation after Portugal's 2-1 loss to Uruguay on Saturday (Sunday NZ time) that "it's not the right time to talk about my future, or about the coach or any of the players".

Now, the defensive midfielder says it's time for a new generation to shine: "Hopefully they can achieve something". He and his teammates then lost in the last two Copa America finals.

With that, Ronaldo's World Cup in Russian Federation was over as he departed football's greatest stage along with his greatest rival.

Edinson Cavani was optimistic over a calf injury after scoring twice against Portugal to send Uruguay into the World Cup quarter-finals. Speaking of Cavani, he scored both of Uruguay's in one of this World Cup's greatest performances.

The 1986 World Cup victor was pictured receiving treatment after that clash, following a health scare, but a pair of Spanish-language audio recordings suggested Maradona had suffered a fatal heart attack.

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Messi did ride to their rescue with a superb opening goal to help squeeze past Nigeria 2-1 to set up the meeting with France.

Belgium's Romelu Lukaku is also enjoying a breakout World Cup campaign, answering his critics in resounding style after a disappointing campaign in Brazil four years ago.

Cavani played a 55-yard diagonal ball to Suarez, near the top of the penalty area, and - here's the important part - continued his run afterwards.

'I was simply communicating this, saying we were going to use a strategy we had rehearsed to use more attacking players.

Widely considered one of the greatest players ever, the Barcelona star is still looked upon unfavourably by many in his homeland compared with Diego Maradona, who led Argentina to World Cup glory in 1986.

And after the result later on in the day in Sochi, Didier Deschamps will now play Uruguay in the next round following their 2-1 win to sink Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal.

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