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

Football fans were left scratching their heads when both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo were both ousted in the round of 16, following Argentina's loss to France and Portugal falling to Uruguay.

Pepe headed Portugal level in the 55th minute, the first goal Uruguay have conceded in the tournament.

Messi though was unable to find the net, leaving Russian Federation with a single goal, and at 31 the Barcelona great has probably seen any chance of winning the World Cup evaporate. "Leo?" newly-painted above the Ronaldo portrait.

Messi's Argentina, however, were unable to quell a rampant France side who had finally found their feet at the World Cup and could only watch as Kylian Mbappe scored two goals in an eventual 4-3 thriller of a win. The Brazilian legend tweeted to the Frenchman: "Congratulations, @KMbappe, 2 goals in a World Cup so young puts you in great company".

"From Messi's point of view, maybe that's it. Ronaldo seems to want to go on forever". In a matter of hours on Saturday, soccer's biggest names were knocked out of the World Cup, ousted by better opponents and overshadowed by players of huge ability.

And Maradona - the genius who captained his country to their second World Cup triumph in 1986 - said: "I wish God would give me strength to return as a player".

The first day of knockout matches saw fan favourites Messi and Ronaldo crash out.

"There is a tournament in September and we hope Cristiano will be with us to help the players grow".

The former Chile boss lost control of the dressing room, with Lionel Messi reportedly making numerous tactical decisions by the end of the tournament, and the side never played to their attacking potential. "The only thing is that they can be a little bit slow, so we will need to find space at their back". For 10 years now I have been watching him, learning from him. Argentina got blown out by Croatia, 3-0, and fans feared Messi's squad wouldn't get out of the Group Stage.

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