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He is forecasting that it is the end of the line for Argentina and Lionel Messi, but that Portugal and Cristiano Ronaldo march on, while Brazil will also be among those to reach the quarter-finals. Gimenez has returned to training and could be available to play against Portugal and his familiar Real Madrid adversary.

The pick of the left-backs was 30-year-old Croatia defender Ivan Strinic, who helped his team keep two clean sheets in the two group matches he played, including one against Messi's Argentina.

Many jokes poured in on social media regarding Argentina's unavoidable "pleasure" of looking at the winking Ronaldo from their hotel windows.

Neither Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi have ever won a World Cup.

He said: "We have four Arab teams that are not yet at the required level for the tournament, they still have to work harder and improve their performances".

Playing in a "false nine" role, Messi capped a disappointing tournament with another subdued display at Kazan Arena as Argentina bowed out of the last 16 with a 4-3 defeat.

Argentina is running in the tournament as a dark horse, with only one win in the group stages, they will be up against a team which looks strong at every front with big names to their squad; Antoine Grizzman, Paul Pogba, Kylian Mbappe and Samuel Umtiti to name some. There has to be paid special attention to those world-class players but we're ready to play against anyone.

"After the first game [against Iceland] I gave you a good luck amulet that my wife gave me, I don't know if you threw it away or something", the reporter asked following Argentina's win over Nigeria. The gap between the two teams is not as wide as many might think - it is all square.

No matter what Lionel Messi does at the World Cup, Diego Maradona will be watching. Following the reemergence of comments made earlier in the year on his World Cup favourites, some are even hailing him a prophet.

France, who made six changes from the side that drew 0-0 with Denmark last time out, were nearly ahead after nine minutes, but Griezmann's wonderful 25-yard free-kick crashed back off Franco Armani's crossbar.

"We will mark him with the same respect we mark everyone, despite him being a superstar", said Uruguay's Sebastian Coates of Ronaldo.

"He's the best player on earth but we also have other players that can cause France some problems". "Obviously what we want to avoid is the drawing of lots", said Colin Smith, FIFA's chief competitions and events officer.


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