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Mascherano quits after Argentina lose to France

01 July, 2018, 03:30 | Author: Carla Brady
  • Messi to have view of giant Ronaldo mural from Argentina's team hotel

"There are no more illusions for me", he told Argentina's TyC sports channel.

Cristiano Ronaldo has declined to confirm whether he will retire from global football or play on after he was left in tears by Portugal's World Cup exit.

Argentina is just 4-1-3 in eight contests since closing out CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying with just one win in four matches.

If Barcelona forward Messi, who previously quit the Argentina team in 2016 before changing his mind, does not continue until the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, he will end his career without a major trophy for his country.

Ronaldo reached the semi-finals with Portugal in his first World Cup in Germany, but has never made it past the last 16 since then.




And even if Portugal are eliminated from this year's World Cup by Uruguay this evening, it is more than likely Ronaldo will go on to break Schweinsteiger's record.

But, saying Federation Internationale de Football Association was aware of incidents such as that during Argentina's vital group game against Nigeria in St Petersburg, he added: "We would expect all players, former players, staff, fans, everyone to behave in a respectful manner".

"The players who helped write the history of football have a part to play", Smith said.

So, another eventful day out at the World Cup for the two-time victor, though this time there were no stories of paramedic interventions and hospital visits, followed by a statement to confirm his good health.

Ronaldo struck a hat-trick in his opening game - a thrilling 3-3 draw with Spain, including a brilliant late free kick to level the match.

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