For Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, the price paid for their inability to make decisive impacts in their teams’ last-16 matches means their tournaments and perhaps their hopes of claiming the game’s biggest prize are over.
Portugal seemed to run out of ideas even in the first half, firing long balls into the area, none of which found any of their intended targets. Even a show of Ronaldo’s thighs could not trigger a repeat of a free-kick goal he scored in the same stadium against Spain in the very first game.
Whereas on a near-cloudless afternoon by the Kazanka River, Messi and his Argentine teammates had been overrun and outmaneuvered by a French team full of skill, speed, youth and for the first time in this tournament, goals.
The Twitter community didn’t disappoint and they came through as usual. These are some of the reactions from Twitter.
— S O F F (@Daniel_Soff) July 1, 2018
— AGuBaNze na Code (@ebukaanazodo) June 30, 2018
Too bad for the two GOAT. Better luck next time.