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Neymar beats Ronaldo and Messi to a stunning record in W/Cup

Neymar beats Ronaldo and Messi to a stunning record in W/Cup

Highly respected Sky Sports journalist Guillem Balague has now suggested that Mbappe, along with his club team-mate Neymar are on their way to taking over from Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as the two best players in the World.

In a way, each of Portugal's six goals scored at this World Cup have seen the record for oldest Portuguese scorer re-written, first by Cristiano Ronaldo (33), then Ricardo Quaresma (34) and now Pepe.

Sadly, this isn't the first report of a Messi-related suicide we've heard during this World Cup. "Leo?" newly-painted above the Ronaldo portrait.

Ronaldo will be 37 by the time of the next World Cup in Qatar, but he would not be drawn on whether he planned to extend his global career.

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.

With their victory, France advances to the round of eight to face a tough Uruguay squad who defeated Portugal 2-1.

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He was also the player who had the most shots at goal in the group stages with 17, yet only one of those has resulted in a goal (against Costa Rica).

Ronaldo finished his World Cup campaign with four goals, one adrift of England's Harry Kane who leads the standings with five.

There is no doubt that the Portugal team this summer had a more functional set-up than Argentina.

That has prompted Maradona to offer his services, and he had no hesitation when asked if he would take the job while on Venezuelan TV station Telesur, saying: 'Yes, I would do it for free.

The Barcelona superstar was unable to provide the spark required of him, with too much expectation placed on the shoulders of one player as those around him struggled. Mbappe was only the second teenage player to score twice in a World Cup match. We don't need to describe him. We've had three games here but we're going to look at what happened 10 or 15 years ago?

Tens of thousands of Argentines poured into Kazan hoping to see Messi carry an ageing side over one more hurdle after his solitary goal in Russian Federation helped avoid an embarrassing group-stage exit against Nigeria.