Will Messi quit the worldwide stage after Argentina World Cup pain?

Milan Badelj celebrates scoring Croatia's first goal in the World Cup Group D match with Iceland in Rostov-on D

Milan Badelj celebrates scoring Croatia's first goal in the World Cup Group D match with Iceland in Rostov-on D

Conspiracy theorists or hard realists aside on whether Vladimir Putin made a call or two to ensure that favorable call, the fact is Sunday's win by Russian Federation over the past World Cup victors brought in a strong 4.4/12 in metered market results in what has been a tournament defying expectations on many levels repeatedly.

"It's not the time to talk about the future of the coach, the players, the squad", he said, as quoted by talkSPORT.

With Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi both eliminated from the World Cup on Saturday, this tournament now has a superstar void.

While Subasic made three saves out of five to help Croatia win, Schmeichel was equally impressive making two in the shootout in additionj to a Luka Modric penhalty he had saved in extra time.

Out of their first Federation Internationale de Football Association tournament this early since 1954, Germany were handed their tickets home on June 27 after South Korea decimated the 2014 champs Die Mannschaft 2-0.

Messi missed eight qualifying matches through injury and suspension, of which Argentina won only one.

Messi endured a disappointing tournament, missing a penalty in the shock draw with Iceland in their opening game, with his only goal coming in the 2-1 win against Nigeria will sealed their place in the knockout stages.

They labored to a 1-1 draw with Iceland in their opener, were crushed 3-0 by Croatia in their next game, and needed a late victor from full-back Marcos Rojo to secure a place in the last 16.

There is no better drama in football than late drama.

He scored a golazo against Switzerland with a powerful hit from outside the area, and he was decisive again in the game against Costa Rica as it was his goal that gave Brazil a 1-0 lead in the 91st minute.

Surprisingly, the team which has received the fewest yellow cards in Russian Federation - just one - is Uruguay, the team who traditionally resort to the dark arts to win.

Germany's Toni Kroos kept his side on life-support for a few days after his dramatic late free kick victor against Sweden.

South Korea are out but will take some comfort in having beaten the defending champions Germany.

This just wasn't to be the 31-year-old's tournament, and while Messi's lack of a World Cup title should not be used as a stick to beat him with in the conversation for the all-time greatest, this exit will hurt, really, really hurt. The players gave everything on the pitch but have not achieved our goal here in Russian Federation.

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