Lionel Messi And Cristiano Ronaldo Are Both Out Out Of The World Cup

The two titans of world football are out of the World Cup on the same day.

Lionel Messi's Argentina were dumped out in a thrilling 4-3 defeat in the first quarter final, with Kylian Mbappe stealing the headlines, grabbing a brace and producing a wondrous Man of the Match performance as Les Bleus progressed to the quarter finals.

And after the result later on in the day in Sochi, Didier Deschamps will now play Uruguay in the next round following their 2-1 win to sink Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal.

For the second game running, it was a Paris Saint-Germain who was the matchwinner, Edinson Cavani bagging a devastating double either side of a Pepe equaliser to ensure both five-time Ballon d'Or winners were eliminated from the showpiece at the same stage.

Ronaldo finishes his fourth World Cup campaign with four goals, while Messi notched just the one in what was also his fourth, scoring the opener in Argentina's huge group stage win over Nigeria in Saint Petersburg.

However, their blanks in their respective games today means the duo have both still never scored a goal in a World Cup knockout game.

While the presence of the two best players will be sorely missed, at least it will temporarily put a stop to the interminable debate over who is the better player.

Josh Lawless

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