It was the exit of the world’s greatest football star Lionel Messi.
The Argentina headed home with broken hearts and thousands of its fans broke down in tears.
Kylian Mbappé scored twice in three minutes to give France a shocking 4-2 win over Argentina in this World Cup matchup on Saturday.
And, it was the last night for Lionel Messi, one of the greatest footballers of all time.
Champion player Messi never tasted a World Cup, the ultimate glory in the game, albeit they evenly shared 10 Ballon d’Or trophies.
Earlier, a deflection of a Lionel Messi shot put Argentina ahead in the 48th minute. It was all France since then.
Angel Di Maria unleashed a stunning long-range strike in the 41st minute to draw Argentina level at 1-1 against France at halftime of their round of 16 World Cup clash.
Di Maria’s brilliant goal cancelled out a 13th minute penalty converted by France striker Antoine Griezmann at the Kazan Arena.
The penalty was awarded after Marcos Rojo brought down Kylian Mbappe in the area after the France forward made a searing break from midfield.
The 2018 World Cup’s round of 16 began on Saturday, and it kicked off with a huge clash. It was Argentina versus France in Kazan with a spot in the quarterfinals on the line. It was Lionel Messi and company against Antoine Griezmann, Paul Pogba and a talented French team.
The South Americans entered this match with confidence after finally getting a win. They opened with a draw to Iceland and a loss to Croatia, but a late Marcos Rojo goal against Nigeria gave them the win that secured second place in Group D. As for the French, they won Group C with two wins and a draw but haven’t been all that impressive either. They struggled to beat Australia and won on an own goal, they beat Peru 1-0 but were outplayed, and they took it easy against Denmark in the last match for a 0-0 draw that benefited both.
When it comes to the history of these two teams, they have met twice in the past at the World Cup, both wins for Argentina, with three goals for the South Americans and one of the Europeans. A 1-0 win for Argentina at the 1930 World Cup, and a 2-1 Argentina win in the 1978 tournament.