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Eugene Bates | 01 July, 2018, 08:12

Messi left wondering on the world stage again.

In the first match, France roared back to beat Argentina 4-3, with Mbappe scoring twice.

Argentina was 2-1 up at one stage with goals from Di Maria (a thunderbolt) and Mercado. Argentina have many options and we have a lot of great players. Uruguay won all three of its group matches.

Copa America Centenario 2016Not prone to showing his emotions, Messi sobbed uncontrollably after blasting his penalty over the bar as Argentina lost a second Copa America final in as many years in a shootout to Chile. There are high hopes for him as a possible future replacement for Messi.

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

Less than two months later he reversed that decision.

Diego Maradona may be a giant of the game's history, football's governing body Fifa said today, but even he must show respect to other fans at World Cup stadiums.

Messi nearly single-handedly carried Argentina through a troubled qualifying campaign, but that ultimately only delayed another bitter disappointment.

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

Unless you are Argentinian or Portuguese, there's no need to shed a tear for them because the spotlight will now deservedly be on the new wave of global superstars - 19-year-old Frenchman Kylian Mbappe sizzled with his pace and brace in the 4-3 win over Argentina, 22-year-old Mexican Hirving Lozano tore Germany apart, and 24-year-old Englishman Harry Kane is living up to his billing as the world's best No. 9 with five goals so far in this tournament. He played 334 times for Barcelona before leaving at the end of last season for China to join Herbei China Fortune. "Still, it's great to join the list of players that have achieved such feats".

The hotel is the same one that Portugal stayed in last summer, while taking part in the Confederations Cup, and it seems their talisman Cristiano Ronaldo - who just so happens to be Messi's rival - made an impression on the people living there.

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