Ronaldo and Messi out

Lionel Messi has no escape from Cristiano Ronaldo

Leading the charge is the 19-year-old Mbappe, who achieved a feat no player had accomplished in 60 years, becoming the first teenager to score twice in a World Cup match since a 17-year-old Pele in 1958.

So, another eventful day out at the World Cup for the two-time victor, though this time there were no stories of paramedic interventions and hospital visits, followed by a statement to confirm his good health.

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

Here, AFP Sport looks at Messi's biggest disappointments with Argentina. He and his teammates then lost in the last two Copa America finals. That team included Sergio Aguero, who also ended up the tournament's top scorer with six goals, Angel Di Maria and Ever Banega.

"I've done all I can".

"Now is not the time to talk about the future, either of the coach or the players", the Portugal skipper said after the game.

Less than two months later he reversed that decision.

Argentina’s Messi is different from Barca’s Messi, says Umtiti
Les Bleus have conceded just one goal in the tournament in Russian Federation and that came on a penalty kick. The last time these two sides met was in 2009 in an worldwide friendly which Messi and co had won 2-0.

"On a personal level it is a great frustration".

Cristiano Ronaldo saw his World Cup dreams slip away once again on Saturday (June 30) but gave no hint as to whether he plans to continue playing for Portugal.

Had Argentina and Portugal both won their ties against France and Uruguay, respectively, they would have set up a quarter-final meeting, which would have meant that Messi and Ronaldo were to face each other at a World Cup for the first time in history.

While some can not choose between the players, many have a preference towards one or the other, and the legendary Maldini, who is widely thought of as one of the game's best defenders ever, is no different.

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.

Yet, Maradona's lack of tactical nous was finally exposed as a young Germany side that would reach its peak four years later ran riot 4-0 in the quarter-finals in Cape Town.

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