Ronaldo, Messi exit after failing to find World Cup spark again

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When Argentina and France met, the big question was how Argentine superstar Lionel Messi would perform.

Highly respected Sky Sports journalist Guillem Balague has now suggested that Mbappe, along with his club team-mate Neymar are on their way to taking over from Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as the two best players in the World. "Leo?" newly-painted above the Ronaldo portrait.

Ronaldo will be approaching 38 years by the time Qatar comes round in 2022.

Kante was excellent once again in putting the shackles on Messi during France's 4-3 victory over Argentina in the World Cup on Saturday.

Sampaoli's team drew the first three qualifiers of his reign, but Messi scored a hattrick in a 3-1 win at Ecuador in the final match to send Argentina to Russian Federation.

Portugal missed a crucial shot in stoppage-time and there were calls for a handball against Uruguay in the penalty area after goalkeeper Rui Patricio went up for a corner in stoppage time, but it was not given. "It seems that he has committed suicide since Argentina lost in the world cup".

Diego Maradona has offered to manage Argentina for free in the wake of their disappointing showing at World Cup 2018.

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In his article he reminded that the football 2000s, before it began to Shine the stars Messi and Ronaldo, was rigid, defensive.

The problem lies, though, in Sampaoli's reluctance to resign and a contract clause that would oblige the Argentine Football Association (AFA) to pay the 58-year-old around US$15 million (RM60.7 million) to get rid of him, reports said.

By contrast, Croatia stormed through Group D, winning all three games and put in arguably the best performance of the first stage, a 3-0 thumping of Argentina, in Nizhny Novgorod, where they will also play Denmark.

Mbappe was a constant threat to Argentina's creaking defence with his speed and skill, and was at the heart of France's often-breathtaking display, particularly in the middle of the second half.

One of the greatest goal-keepers of all time, Lev Yashin never won a World Cup in his career.

Didier Deschamps knows the quality of the 27-year-old and considers him to be "the leader of the French attack", but as such expects more from him.