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Fifa World Cup 2018: Messi, Ronaldo get the ball rolling for knockout phase

Messi's Argentina take on France and Ronaldo's Portugal are up against Uruguay. But, the stakes are higher for the two legends of the game who have a last genuine chance to win the World Cup.

Photo: Reuters

Photo: Reuters

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Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, the two superstars of modern football who are a cut above everyone else, face today in their first knockout matches in their journey to lay their hands on that elusive World Cup trophy.

Thus far, Ronaldo has outshone Messi at the Cup, scoring four goals, including a stupendous hat-trick against Spain. But, he also missed a penalty kick against Iran and has a yellow card. Messi, on the other hand, has arrived at the party late, but

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First Published: Jun 30 2018 | 6:01 PM IST

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