Messi, Ronaldo bow out in dramatic knockout openers

Milan Badelj celebrates scoring Croatia's first goal in the World Cup Group D match with Iceland in Rostov-on D

The 2018 World Cup has been full of shocking upsets.

A Russian man has filed for divorce after fighting with his wife over whether Lionel Messi is better than Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Red Devils' potent attack has scored 12 goals in four games so far at the World Cup 2018, but the Belgians will face a tough task against Brazil's defense, which has allowed just one goal so far.

They started their campaign with a 1-1 draw with minnows Iceland, lost 3-0 to Luka Modric's Croatia and somehow won 2-1 against Nigeria to make it through to the Round of 16.

Among those to criticize Neymar in recent days are former England strikers Gary Lineker and Alan Shearer, Argentina legend Diego Maradona and Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio, reports Xinhua news agency.

"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.




Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are said to be the best footballers on planet Earth. Fans will now watch with intrigue to see who will follow Messi as the latest adidas Golden Ball victor, having seen the Argentinian scoop the prize four years ago. "You will see a team which will have a lot of motivation to win".

Expectations were high for both to perform, with Ronaldo arriving off the back of yet another UEFA Champions League win and Messi having starred in Barcelona's La Liga triumph.

Ronaldo singled out Neymar as a potential victor - noting that he himself won the Federation Internationale de Football Association award after an injury-hit season that peaked with Brazil's World Cup title.

Matthaeus suggested an 11th year of Messi-Ronaldo dominance is likely.

"Then I took my belongings and left her forever".

One lucky victor will win two tickets to both the final and semi-final of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Moscow, Russia!

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