World Cup has ensured that both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo will leave the tournament having failed to break their duck in the knockout stages.


The two titans of world football are out of the World Cup on the same day.

But with great power comes greater expectations to live up to, and for some, the inability to show up once every four years means Messi and Ronaldo will never be able to share a place with, much less overtake, Pele and Diego Maradona in the pantheon of football greats.

The 34-year-old was capped 147 times by the country and scored three goals.

While some can not choose between the players, many have a preference towards one or the other, and the legendary Maldini, who is widely thought of as one of the game's best defenders ever, is no different.


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.

Uruguay closed out the game for the win, with the closing stages to what could be Ronaldo's World Cup swansong not showing the best from a man who has scored four goals at Russian Federation 2018 - including a stunning hat-trick in Sochi in the opening game against Spain. "You need to really concentrate to make sure he is not successful against you, but that is very hard".

Now, the defensive midfielder says it's time for a new generation to shine: "Hopefully they can achieve something".

Portugal will take part in the inaugural Uefa Nations League later this year, beginning against Italy in September.


"We know that they were tight in the midfield, so we had some players playing wide to try to unblock the Uruguay defence".

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