Messi avoids media after Argentina crash out of World Cup

Messi avoids media after Argentina crash out of World Cup

"So this is a good chance for the World Cup to show it always gets better, despite not having Argentina and Ronaldo", said one fan from Peru.

But Neville thinks the World Cup would be a lesser spectacle without Messi and Ronaldo.

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.

Had there been better midfield options for Argentina - their crop of youngsters is extremely disappointing and one of the main reasons for their bad performances this Fifa World Cup 2018 - Mascherano would not have been the first name on the teamsheet. "We have great players, a fantastic group". "Portugal are going to carry on winning things and making the people of Portugal proud".

The Argentina captain only scored once in four matches at the finals and is still yet to score a World Cup goal in the knockout rounds.

Ronaldo meanwhile put in a subdued performance as the European Champions winners were knocked out by Uruguay.

'But it's those who score more goals who win.

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"Overall we leave with our heads held high. As the team captain I am proud of this group". I'm proud of my teammates, of the technical staff.

The knockout round of the FIFAWorld Cup has only just begun but the tournament has already lost it's biggest stars as both Lionel Messi's Argentina and Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal were eliminated from the tournament on Saturday.

Messi recorded two assists but could not score as Jorge Sampaoli's men bowed out of Russian Federation 2018 following a 4-3 defeat in Kazan.

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

"Now it's not the time to talk about the future", Ronaldo said.

Argentina's goals came from Angel Di Maria, Gabriel Mercado and Sergio Aguero, with Lionel Messi setting up two of them. Mascherano made his global debut in 2003 and went on to appear 147 times for his country.

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