World Cup woe for Messi and Ronaldo as both bow out

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Edinson Cavani, who failed to finish the match after suffering a late injury, scored a superb goal in each half, and although Pepe scored in-between, it was not enough to halt the Uruguayans, who have now won all four of their matches so far in Russian Federation.

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".

Despite becoming the first player to ever score at a World Cup in his teens, twenties and thirties, the Barcelona forward has failed to find the back of the net in seven knockout games.

Meanwhile, Lionel Messi - Ronaldo's rival for the best player in the world mantle - declined to speak to the media after Argentina were eliminated from the World Cup.

Messi, a phenomenon when he was only 18, was instrumental in Argentina winning the 2005 World Youth Championship, as the U-20 World Cup was then called.

"If I am a coach it is because I want to live this - a full stadium, highly-experienced teams", France coach Didier Deschamps said.

Although the 50-year-old had some kind words for Ronaldo recently, he also explained that he will always see Messi as the superior player.

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"We're now speculating, was this the last time we saw Ronaldo and Messi at the World Cup?". "We are aware of what you are referring to in terms of previous matches", FIFA's chief competitions and events officer Colin Smith said on Friday.

Four years ago, Messi led Argentina to the World Cup final, but the two-time champions lost to Germany.

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

Now, the defensive midfielder says it's time for a new generation to shine: "Hopefully they can achieve something. We gave everything until the end", he said amid tears and disappointment after the game.

"There is another tournament starting in September and of course we hope Cristiano will be with us to help the younger players grow", Santos said.

"We tried our best and we played a good game".

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