Diego Maradona watches as Argentina crash out of the World Cup

Messi to have view of giant Ronaldo mural from Argentina's team hotel

Messi- arguably world best- was shown the exit door from Russian Federation on Saturday following his team's 4-3 defeat by France.

That took his goal tally for the tournament to three - two behind England talisman Harry Kane and one behind Belgium's Romelu Lukaku.

Argentina had a 2-1 lead early in the second half but France rallied to win 4-3 and become the first team to advance to the World Cup quarterfinals. "It was a very hard game but we have not achieved our goal here in Russian Federation".

Messi only scored once in Russian Federation and is still yet to net in the knockout stages of a World Cup.

Ronaldo said - in comments published in the Daily Mail - that Portugal, the European champions, had "played better than Uruguay".

Several players have promise, including 25-year-old Mauro Icardi, who scored 29 goals for Inter Milan last season but did not make the World Cup squad, and Angel Correa, a 23-year-old attacking midfielder at Atletico Madrid.

Joachim Low's side eliminated in Russian Federation with worst campaign since 1938
The good will was extended around the world, including in Madrid, as Mexico earned a last 16 date with Brazil. The African squad tied with Japan on points and goals, and second place was determined by fair play .

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

"But he's in another category".

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.

It was Cavani and Suarez who threatened the Portuguese defense all day long, and it was Cavani and Suarez (and Cavani, in that order) who combined brilliantly for the game's opening goal in the 7th minute.

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

Brazil played host to the 2014 tournament with Portugal suffering a humiliating group stage elimination. Messi is two years younger than his great rival, having turned 31 during this World Cup, but doubts will be even more fervent over his global future after such a bitterly disappointing campaign in which he scored a solitary goal and cut such a peripheral figure in Argentina's defeat to France.

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