Diego Maradona watches as Argentina crash out of the World Cup

Diego Maradona watches as Argentina crash out of the World Cup

Ronaldo, who will be 37 by the time of the next World Cup, was unable to keep Portugal alive despite incessant pressure from his side in the dying stages of the match.

Argentina will face France in Kazan in the last 16 on Saturday 30th.

While Mbappe was the most influential player on the pitch, Argentina winger Angel Di Maria and France full back Benjamin Pavard fought out a private contest for the best goal of the match with two magnificent long-range strikes. Uruguay won all three of its group matches.

Ronaldo finished his World Cup campaign with four goals, one adrift of England's Harry Kane who leads the standings with five.

In the aftermath, with emotions running high, Messi announced his retirement from worldwide football on the back of three final defeats in three consecutive years.

Ten goals were scored on a gripping first day of the knockout phase as France progressed to a quarter-final tie against Uruguay but Messi and Ronaldo may have played their last games on football's biggest stage.

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Less than two months later he reversed that decision. "Though he is an inspiration for his team but that was not enough to make him go far in this world Cup", Siasia said on Super Sport.

But with great power comes greater expectations to live up to, and for some, the inability to show up once every four years means Messi and Ronaldo will never be able to share a place with, much less overtake, Pele and Diego Maradona in the pantheon of football greats.

Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez lauded his side's dedication and commitment on Saturday after a hard-fought 2-1 win over Portugal took them into the quarter-finals of the World Cup.

However, at the end of a rare injury-plagued season at Barcelona, he was limited to short bursts of energy to try and change games and ultimately ran out of steam in a 1-0 extra-time defeat by Germany. "Still, it's great to join the list of players that have achieved such feats".

What just happened!? After dominating the FIFA World Cup's group stage, Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal...were eliminated by Uruguay!

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