FIFA 2018: Messi and Ronaldo’s World Cup dreams remain unfulfilled…


Messi and Ronaldo, the two greatest footballers of this generation were sent packing yesterday! The 2018 Football World Cup in Russia will now continue without Argentina and Portugal. The two sides suffered shock losses on Saturday night as Uruguay and France entered the quarterfinals. Messi & Ronaldo have won every single Ballon d’Or award between themselves since 2008 but it looks like the rivals will end their careers without a World Cup in their trophy cabinet. Clearly being the greatest wasn’t enough for the two to carry their team forward.


Lionel Messi was fighting hard to take his team to the quarterfinals but it seemed like the Argentinian was fighting a lone battle. France was quick to get off the blocks and scored the opening goal from the penalty spot in the 13th min. The Argentinians scored three goals in the match and yet they ended on the losing side. That’s largely due to the rise of the new French superstar Kylian Mbappe who scored a brace. Messi was overpowered in the box and was prevented from expressing himself by the staunch French backline. In the 8 matches that Messi has paid in the knockout rounds of the world cups, he hasn’t scored a single goal. On the other hand, Mbappe is now the first teenager since Pele in 1958 to score a minimum 2 goals in a World Cup match.


Cristiano Ronaldo suffered the same fate as Messi as he too was overpowered by the ruthless Uruguayan defence. Ronaldo had 5 attempts but only 1 was on target. He has now failed to score in all the 6 World Cup knockout matches of his career. The 2016 European champions had 61% possession in the game but that too couldn’t help Ronaldo & Co. The 33 year-old’s chances of calling himself a world cup winner have fallen sharply and it will be very tough for him to continue playing International football for 4 more years. Uruguay found their saviour in Edinson Cavani. The Paris St-Germain forward scored a brace which was enough to knock Portugal out of the Round of 16 with the scoreline reading 2-1.

It’s quite ironic that the two of the greatest footballers exited the world cup on a day when a total of 10 goals were scored, the most since 1970 and neither could even score once.

Written by: Yash Chawla. Yash is former Sports Anchor of NDTV. With over 9 years of experience as a Sports Journalist, Yash now sails with

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