Messi and Ronaldo face tough challenges

Messi and Ronaldo face tough challenges

While A Selecao will play Uruguay in the round of 16, Argentina will take on France, and if they both win, Portugal and Argentina will meet in the quarter-finals.

The 19-year-old forward's electric pace caused Argentina problems all afternoon and his twin strikes helped France overturn a 2-1 deficit and set up a meeting with Uruguay, who later beat Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal 2-1 in Sochi.

Nonetheless, the 31-year-old Barcelona striker says he is committed to his side's cause and isn't anxious about external factors. "We played a game yesterday [a 0-0 draw against Denmark], since then I have not checked", he said.

Spain have a awful record against host nations at major finals - they have never won in eight attempts and coach Fernando Hierro played when minnows South Korea knocked out his Spain team on penalties in 2002.

"It's going well, there's still a long way to go, the most important thing is winning games", said the 24-year-old Tottenham star.

Ronaldo will be almost 38 by the time the next World Cup comes around in Qatar in 2022.

On being questioned about who is the best footballer at the moment, Maradona added, "Diego (Maradona) and Pelé started this story (the best of all time), now Messi, Ronaldo and Neymar should continue it, "he added". This is a fantastic group to work with.

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Ronaldo and Messi are both representing their respective countries at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation, in which the Portuguese has scored four goals so far, while the Argentine has hit the back of the net just once.

Messi, 30, captained Argentina to a 4-3 defeat to France.

He holds the record for most appearances for Argentina with 147.

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Lionel Messi's disappointments with Argentina "I hope that all the lads who follow in my footsteps can achieve what they are aiming for".

"I came into this with the grand illusion that Argentina could win".

Sergio Aguero netted in stoppage time to make the score 4-3, but it wasn't enough, leading Messi to experience heartbreak with his national side yet again.

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