Argentina legend reportedly banned by Federation Internationale de Football Association

Messi to have view of giant Ronaldo mural from Argentina's team hotel

The World Cup lost its headline acts overnight as the game's two biggest stars, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, readied to leave Russian Federation after their teams were eliminated in the round of 16.

Ronaldo, who will be 37 by the time of the next World Cup, was unable to keep Portugal alive despite incessant pressure from his side in the dying stages of the match.

Portugal coach Fernando Santos threw up his hands in disgust, realising that coming from behind a second time against this Uruguay defence was going to be a tall order.

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Cavani then had to be helped off by Ronaldo before watching the rest of the game from the dugout with ice on a calf injury. Diego Godin (Uruguay) - The indomitable leader of the only defense at the World Cup to keep three clean sheets.

The 33-year-old did however say that the European champions could look to the future with confidence.

"I felt pain in my calf and could not continue on the field". "We have a young and ambitious squad", he said.

The loss meant that Messi has never been able to score in the knockout phase of a World Cup.

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45 - Having never scored from a free-kick at a major worldwide tournament, Ronaldo finally got it right at the flawless and most spectacular time. "You need to really concentrate to make sure he is not successful against you, but that is very hard".

"I am sure he will. Cristiano still has a lot to give to the game", Santos said when asked if he felt his captain would carry on representing his country.

FIFA has now commented on the situation by providing support for a player widely regarded to be one of the greatest ever, urged the 57-year-old - part of the FIFA Legends Program - to be respectful.

Brazil Beat Costa Rica Courtesy Late Goals From Coutinho, Neymar
With one minute of it played, Coutinho broke the deadlock when he fired in after substitute Firmino and Jesus had combined. The penalty was awarded after a video review showed that Alfred Finnbogason had been brought down by Tyronne Ebuehi.

According to several reports, the gesture by Maradona has not gone down well with the world football governing body who expect better from their ambassador at the tournament.

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