Wednesday, 14 November, 2018

Messi, Ronaldo World Cup exits signal changing of the guard

Uruguay won all three of their World Cup group games Uruguay won all three of their World Cup group games
| 01 July, 2018, 10:41

The World Cup lost its headline acts on Saturday as the game's two biggest stars, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, readied to leave Russian Federation after their teams were eliminated in the Round of 16.

Portugal won the 2016 European Championship and came to Russian Federation with high expectations following the surprise title in France two years ago, its first in a major tournament.

France worldwide Mbappe stole the show with two goals and also won the opening penalty that Griezmann stuck away.

But today, it was Edinson Cavani who scored twice to earn victory for the Uruguayans.

That is the case with Argentina, hence the extreme pressure on Messi, but not so much with Portugal, which is why you could see Ronaldo playing this World Cup with a smile on his face, more often than not. We wanted to win, we fought well, but Uruguay should be congratulated. Back then, Portugal lost to France and eventually finished fourth after losing to Germany in the consolation game.


Messi scored four goals and converted his spot-kick in a semi-final shootout against the Netherlands to lead Argentina to a first World Cup final in 24 years. He also joined Pele, Miroslav Klose and Uwe Seeler as the only players to score in four World Cups. He also was almost given a red card when his elbowing of an opponent was reviewed on video.

By that time, Ronaldo's situation at club level will be clearer after he raised doubts about his future with Real Madrid in the wake of their Champions League final win against Liverpool in May.

"I'm absolutely sure this team will continue to be one of the the best in the world".

"It's time for me to step aside, to be honest with myself, to say there is a new generation rich with talent and it is time for them to take over". But it is true that now we have other players.

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