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Messi, Ronaldo World Cup exits signal changing of guard

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Milan Badelj celebrates scoring Croatia's first goal in the World Cup Group D match with Iceland in Rostov-on D

Cristiano Ronaldo declined to comment on his global future on Saturday after bowing out of the World Cup following Portugal's 2-1 defeat by Uruguay.

A man of the match performance and a sublime goal against Nigeria carried Argentina into the last 16 - after which he admitted he "could not remember such suffering before", so great had the pressure been going into that must-win game.

At this point, France began to take over the game led by emerging superstar player Kylian Mbappe. Sergio Aguero (90' +3), Angel Di Maria (41') and Gabriel Mercado (48') planted the ball in the net for Argentina. Many football fans, this news annoyed, because without these two geniuses the world Cup could be not such interesting and entertaining.

Many a great player has never won the World Cup, and it seems ever more likely that Messi and Ronaldo will end up on that list.

2018 FIFA World Cup has been more than what we bargained for.

Portugal's goal drought finally came to an end when defender Pepe delivered a flawless header into the net to equalise. Argentina topped their group and beat Mexico in the round of 16 but were knocked out in the quarterfinals, losing 4-0 to Germany.

Cavani, however, had to leave the field due to injury. But he's failed to mention the Argentina coaching staff which includes Jorge Sampaoli.

"I could not contain myself and told her what I thought about the vain Ronaldo, the Portuguese national team and all the clubs she likes."Then I took my belongings and left her forever", he said with finality". In 30 years' time, we will still be having the debate. Uruguay will now lock horns with France at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium on July 6. Another quarterfinal will be determined on Sunday, as Russian Federation will take on Spain (17:00 Moscow time, Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow) and Croatia-Denmark (21:00 Moscow time, Nizhny Novgorod).

He himself said it would not be right to speak about quitting after Portugal's exit: 'It's not the right time to talk about my future, or about the coach or any of the players.

"Something will be lost, but something will be gained".

Sampaoli began as Argentina manager only last June with the team struggling in World Cup qualification.

In the 7th minute, Cavani drew first blood for Uruguay by scoring a ideal header assisted by striker Luis Suarez to give his team an early lead.

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