Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo saw their World Cup dreams shattered on Saturday as both Argentina and Portugal crashed out in Russia.
While Argentina fell to a 4-3 defeat to France, Portugal were knocked out by Uruguay in a 2-1 defeat as neither Messi nor Ronaldo could make their mark with a goal.
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As noted by the statistic below, the Barcelona and Real Madrid superstars seemingly struggle at this point in the World Cup, as shockingly, neither have scored a single goal between them in a World Cup knockout game.
While Ronaldo will have been delighted to lift the European Championship trophy two years ago, this was a step too far for him and his teammates, while Messi’s heartbreak goes on after countless failures in major tournaments.
For many, there was a build-up to a potential clash in the quarter-finals between the pair, but now neither will feature in Russia beyond this weekend as they’ll look to recharge the batteries and go again for their respective clubs next season.
For all the quality and world-class ability they possess between them, it will undoubtedly be a major disappointment for both that they haven’t been able to be decisive when it really mattered for their country at a World Cup and it remains to be seen if they feature at another World Cup given their respective ages.
RT @OptaJavier 0 – Lionel Messi #ARG and Cristiano Ronaldo #POR have never scored in the knockout stages of the World Cup; between both of them, they accumulated 1.270 minutes without scoring (756 Messi, 514 Ronaldo). Era. pic.twitter.com/LbGzt3PEjy
— OptaJose (@OptaJose) June 30, 2018