Barcelona ace Messi silent over his Argentina future, but two others quit

Jorge Sampaoli explains touchline exchange with Lionel Messi over Aguero sub

First, Lionel Messi's Argentina departed following an incredible goal-fest with France, before Uruguay edged out Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal.

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.

His tally is one behind the tournament's current leading scorer Harry Kane, with Ronaldo also missing a penalty in the 1-1 draw with Iran.

Ronaldo played a leadership role in that triumph and Portugal coach Fernando Santos said he hopes Ronaldo will continue and help him with a new generation of players.

The two titans of world football are out of the World Cup on the same day. "He tried. The team didn't win because Uruguay scored twice". Back then, Portugal lost to France and eventually finished fourth after losing to Germany in the consolation game.

Germany is the third straight World Cup holder to exit early
Top stat: Sweden's game against South Korea saw the most fouls (43) of any game at Russian Federation 2018 so far. The 58-year-old will have to answer why the youngster was surplus to requirement for his party to the World Cup .

Javier Mascherano, at 34, showed a lot of heart in the middle of the Argentina midfield at the Fifa World Cup in Russian Federation, but quite often it was painfully clear this was a level that was too much for him, considering his legs were pretty much gone for the grand global stage. He also joined Pele, Miroslav Klose and Uwe Seeler as the only players to score in four World Cups.

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 sure that the national team will remain as one of the best in the world".

"We expect all players, former players, staff, fans and everyone to behave in a respectful manner, but having stars like Diego, [Carles] Puyol, [Javier] Zanetti, who have built up the fabric of football, and having them working with us on our goals is part of a much bigger picture".

"It's time to say goodbye, it's time to support from outside", Mascherano said.

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