Headline acts Messi and Ronaldo exit World Cup

Jorge Sampaoli explains touchline exchange with Lionel Messi over Aguero sub

Jorge Sampaoli explains touchline exchange with Lionel Messi over Aguero sub

But neither Lionel Messi nor Cristiano Ronaldo will have a World Cup to their name, possibly ever, after Argentina and Portugal lost their round of 16 matches on Saturday (June 30). "As the team captain I am proud of this group".

Biglia and Mascherano both announced that they were retiring from global, the latter in tears.

The next question for both teams modern-day greats will be: Should they continue playing global football?

Lucas Biglia has announced his retirement from worldwide football in the wake of Argentina's elimination from the World Cup.

Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo has refused to discuss his retirement plans after the World Cup exit.

Defending champion Germany knocked out of 2018 World Cup
Minutes later, Germ-any's humiliation was completed with a touch of farce. 2002 - France South Korea were also eliminated despite the victory.

Messi had one great chance that he would normally bury on his left foot that slipped just wide, but even winning the Golden Ball for the best player of the tournament did little to dim the pain of getting so close to the holy grail of following in Maradona's footsteps.

"I am sure that Portugal will continue to be one of the best teams in the world".

So, what Messi needs to decide is if he will be OK with being, well, OK.

Messi is not Mascherano, of course.

The first of those three final defeats came on the biggest stage of all and by the finest of margins in Brazil four years ago.

Brazil coasts by Serbia 2-0, advances to knockout round
Four years ago, Paulinho was part of the Brazil team that was humiliated at home in a 7-1 drubbing by Germany in the semifinals. At the back, Brazil have one of Europe's most sought after goalkeepers in Alisson but he wasn't altogether convincing.

"Ronaldo seems to want to go on forever". Mainly because Portugal are not a country with a wonderful World Cup record, where, every time they step into the tournament, they are expected to win.

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

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.

Such are the high standards they have set over the past decade, that Messi and Ronaldo might think, "If we can't be at our best, then it might not be worth it".

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