What to savor from World Cup's last 16

Neymar Ronaldo Messi

Neymar Ronaldo Messi

Messi took Argentina to the 2014 World Cup final but instead of building on that, the Albiceleste have remained a work in progress. "It's a game between Portugal and Uruguay and we will do everything we can to win and that's our focus".

Senegal's departure, however, means there will be no more fist pump celebrations from Cissee, which went viral on social media, tales of Senegal's fans cleaning up at stadiums and pictures of the team joyously warming up.

From Cristiano Ronaldo's stunning hat-trick in the opener against Spain to Ricardo Quaresma's screamer against Iran, its been a World Cup to savour so far for Fernando Santos and his squad.

Well, Messi and Argentina survived the scare of not making it to the round of 16 stage of the world cup.

Coincidentally, the same hotel was chosen by the Argentinian team, who were forced to make reservations there after their French counterparts booked the Mirage Hotel - the other one of the two residences in the city licensed for the World Cup.

A quick word on England, who at least have shown they are capable of scoring goals at this World Cup. Coincidentally, both Ronaldo and Messi played in their first World Cup in 2006.

France are packed with firepower, boasting Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe and Olivier Giroud, but they have failed to click so far, finding the net just three times in three matches - one was a penalty and another an own goal. Ronaldo made his deepest World Cup run in his 2006 debut when Portugal made the semifinals.

Maradona is attending this year's World Cup as a Federation Internationale de Football Association ambassador, and he's the subject of an in-production documentary by Asif Kapadia, director of acclaimed films about Formula One driver Ayrton Senna and singer Amy Winehouse.

Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli has denied that star player Lionel Messi is dictating issues such as substitutions.

Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) - Is he the GOAT? "Now is when we start playing".

France and Barca defender Samuel Umtiti, however, spoke about Messi's difficulties with Argentina on Thursday. But still, they did not let Russian Federation, a team that scored eight goals in two games, get an opportunity against them.

Messi lives in the shadow of Diego Maradona, who helped lead Argentina to its last World Cup victory in 1986.

"We know that in 2018 they haven't lost any of their six games and didn't concede any goals", Portugal right back Cedric Soares said. I'm not like those who moan about having little teams at these competitions - for me that's what the World Cup is all about. My hair stands on end just thinking about that moment.

Lionel Messi's last chance to add a major global title to a glittering array of personal achievements and trophies at club level nearly certainly disappeared with Argentina's elimination from the World Cup on Saturday.

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