Their elimination from the World Cup on the same day is the kind of stuff that could break the internet
Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi saw their World Cup dreams snuffed out on Saturday as French teenager Kylian Mbappe flew the flag for a new generation in Russia.
Ten goals were scored on a gripping first day of the knockout phase as France progressed to a quarter-final tie against Uruguay but Messi and Ronaldo may have played their last games on football’s biggest stage.
In the first match, France roared back to beat Argentina 4-3, with Mbappe scoring twice.
Later in Sochi, Ronaldo – who started the World Cup with a hat-trick against Spain – was powerless to prevent Portugal slipping out of the tournament as Edinson Cavani scored twice in a 2-1 win to send the European champions home.
Beaten finalists four years ago, Argentina only reached the last 16 by the skin of their teeth after a shambolic group phase and despite a brave effort against France, the age of their players and an unbalanced squad ultimately caught up with them.
As for Ronaldo and Portugal, they did what no other team has managed to in 2018 – score a goal against Uruguay but it was ultimately not enough as Cavani put on a striking masterclass, scoring two fantastic goals.
As a result, the day that started with hopes of a Messi versus Ronaldo World Cup showdown in the quarter-finals, ended up with two PSG stars upstaging the all-time greats and sending them home from Russia.
Their elimination from the World Cup on the same day is the kind of stuff that could break the internet.
The 2 Greats have departed the #worldcup at the same stage on the same day... Ronaldo will be remembered at this World Cup for his hattrick against one of the favourites Spain.. Messi for his one moment of brilliance against Nigeria! Just proves football is a TEAM game!— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) June 30, 2018
Both Ronaldo and Messi go home. Both remain without a goal in the knockout stages of any World Cup. Remarkable for 2 of the games all time greats.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) June 30, 2018
0 - Neither Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi have scored a goal in a World Cup knockout match:— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 30, 2018
Ronaldo: 0 goals in 6 games from 25 shots (514 mins)
Messi: 0 goals in 8 games from 23 shots (756 mins)
Kryptonite.#WorldCup #URUPOR #FRAARG #POR #ARG pic.twitter.com/lgydl2UDb8
Mbappe' upstaged Messi & Ronaldo in one afternoon. Also demonstrates how difficult it is to win this tournament. It takes more than just one all-time legend.— Frank Isola (@FisolaNYDN) June 30, 2018
Messi and Ronaldo both out of the World Cup. Hate to see it.— Julie Stewart-Binks (@JSB_TV) June 30, 2018
Their inability to win the World Cup will not diminish the status and legend of Leo Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. They would have won it if they played in any of the Brazilian or strong German teams.— JJ. Omojuwa (@Omojuwa) June 30, 2018
Out of the #WorldCup on the same day. Truly sad, never really worked for either of them at a #WorldCup. But there can be no doubt that they are the 2 greatest players to ever grace a football pitch. We can all be honoured to say in years to come "I lived the Ronaldo, Messi years" pic.twitter.com/GR2xIuvoe1— Rhys Carter (@RhysCarter1994) June 30, 2018
Honestly, I think Ronaldo and Messi are truly brilliant talents, respect them both and love watching them play......but i'm a little glad they're both heading home so we can just enjoy the brilliance of this World Cup without the endless debate over who is better.— Juvefc.com (@juvefcdotcom) June 30, 2018
There was, of course, plenty of humour.
Messi vs Ronaldo was so this morning.— Matteo Bonetti (@TheCalcioGuy) June 30, 2018
Cue Mbappe vs Neymar for the next decade.
I hate this feeling it hurts so bad but if there’s one good thing that comes from today Messi and Ronaldo can take the same Uber to the airport. That’s how goats leave the World Cup— aa9skillz (@aa9skillz) June 30, 2018
Now I’m going back to crying for Portugal.. take care twitter 😭😭
Just a reminder Emile Heskey has scored more World Cup goals in knockout games than Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo COMBINED. pic.twitter.com/t45Xccr3je— Footy Accumulators (@FootyAccums) June 30, 2018
When Ronaldo bumps into Messi at the airport... pic.twitter.com/M0gtXN8pAb— World Cup (@EPLBible) June 30, 2018
Messi? Out— HLTCO (@HLTCO) June 30, 2018
Phil Jones? Still in
Conclusions? Draw your own
But, just for the hashtag, this one goes down as the best.
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