Maradona opens up on Argentina exit

He said: "She told me that from the beginning of this World Cup, Messi didn't know how to play".

Last month, the body of Dinu Alex, a die-hard Argentina fan from Kerala was found near Illikal Bridge in Kottayam after the team's 3-0 loss to Croatia.

"We need players like Neymar", said the former West Germany captain, who won the inaugural Federation Internationale de Football Association world player award in 1991. "The referees have given him little protection", the 2002 World Cup victor added. The woman teased its second half, when Messi was not playing. While Real Madrid's Ronaldo will also be bitterly disappointed to be heading home earlier than planned from Russian Federation, he at least has the consolation of having won his country's first ever European Championship, two years ago in France.

Neymar scored Mexico in the match of 1/8 final of the world Cup.

"But he's in another category".

"It's often hard to be at the level of such a great player".

There was no goal from Ronaldo this time.

"It's going well, there's still a long way to go, the most important thing is winning games", said the 24-year-old Tottenham star.

It means that if, for example, England can beat Colombia on Tuesday, they will fancy their chances of reaching a potential semi-final against 2010 winners Spain. France finished first in its group. Heartbreak! That's exactly the emotion that fans on Twitter expressed last Saturday, when both Argentina and Portugal were knocked out.

"So, yes, it seems like he's getting better with age".

Mbappe was born in 1998, the year Les Bleus secured their first World Cup title under captain Didier Deschamps.

Messi, whose worldwide career future will be a burning question now, did set up a late header for Sergio Aguero in extra time, but it was not enough to save Argentina from slipping out of this year's tournament.

  • Julie Sanders