Two of football’s biggest stars departed the FIFA World Cup in the space of just four hours as the knockout stages kicked off with a massive bang.
Kylian Mbappe announced himself on football’s biggest stage with two fine goals that gave France victory in a classic World Cup encounter with Argentina, and a place in the quarter-finals.
Argentina and Messi are out of the World Cup after a 4-3 loss to France that wasn’t as close as the score indicated, and we’re left once again wondering why a nation that produces so many talented club players has invariably been less than the sum of its parts as a national team.
Ronaldo lit up the World Cup with a hat-trick against Spain on June 15, but the Portugal captain was frustrating as the Euro 2016 winners lost to Uruguay.
Even after the exits of Germany, Argentina and Portugal, there are a number of heavyweights still standing.
The South America nation was bundled out of the World Cup at the quarterfinal stage after losing 4-3 to France on Saturday.
Five-time winners Brazil will be hoping star forward Neymar can stay on his feet for long enough to help them beat Mexico in Samara on Monday.
The moment has finally arrived for Neymar to prove his quality on the biggest stage, a World Cup that he has meticulously prepared for. This World Cup seems to be dramatic from the beginning with the ups and downs of legend players and teams. At this point, Messi and Ronaldo leaving the World Cup made the game more theatrical. It seems now the whole world is looking forward to Neymar to wave the magic wand to thrill the fans.
In the first two games of the World Cup, Neymar was tense and extremely individualistic.
Frustrated at not being able to offer his best version and harshly punished by rival defences, Neymar got angry.
For the first time, against Serbia, he played without remembering his injury, without discomfort, happy and relaxed. Now he has to keep the same spirit to move forward in the journey of World Cup.