Messi avoids media after Argentina crash out of World Cup

01 July, 2018, 10:42 | Author: Judy Cobb
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Remarkably, the pair pack their bags still never having scored in a World Cup knockout game.

Here, AFP Sport looks at Messi's biggest disappointments with Argentina.

Portugal captain Ronaldo (L) helps an injured Diego Cavani off the field after losing 2-1 to Uruguay and getting knocked out of the World Cup.

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.

"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". "We need to fix many things in Argentinian football, but I prefer to do this from inside and not criticise from outside", he said.

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.

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 played 334 times for Barcelona before leaving at the end of last season for China to join Herbei China Fortune.

France coach Didier Deschamps has reverted to the lineup which secured their place in the knockout stage with a victory over Peru in their second group match. And this is the Mascherano, who was arguably the best player of the World Cup in 2014, where he was the boss of the midfield, making tackles left, right and centre and distributing the ball perfectly ahead.

Yet, Maradona's lack of tactical nous was finally exposed as a young Germany side that would reach its peak four years later ran riot 4-0 in the quarter-finals in Cape Town.

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