Maradona offers to coach Argentina for free

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In the absence of strikers such as Paulo Dybala, Gonzalo Higuain and Sergio Aguero, Argentina were heavily dependent on Leo Messi and the 31-year-old failed to pull them through to the quarter-finals of the World Cup.

Trailing 1-0 to Ecuador in their final qualifier, the two-time world champions were on course to miss out on the World Cup for the first time since 1970 until Messi stepped up to score a hat-trick at altitude in Quito.

"I would return to leading the national team and I would do it for free, I wouldn't ask for anything in return", Maradona said on his programme, which runs on Venezuelan channel Telesur.

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.

And Ronaldo has taken to social media to thank Portugal supporters for their backing at the World Cup.

As Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo exited World Cup 2018, people couldn't stop cracking jokes about them going out from the tournament on the same day.

Messi on the other hand may still have one World Cup left in him in the future but there have been rumours that his frustrations have reached a boiling point and he may quit.

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Hence, Messi has blown his probably the last opportunity to clinch a world cup and he will retire as a player who will have every trophy, crown, cup and medal in his glittering cabinet except the Holy Grail i.e. FIFA World Cup trophy. Messi and Ronaldo have made their sporadic marks, but this is a World Cup not at all reliant on the superstar pair - and it is better for it.

He took over the Argentina reins with the two-time world champions struggling to qualify for the finals in Russian Federation after an underwhelming World Cup qualification campaign.

"Can they retire? The whole weight of the nation is on their shoulders". "But you always want to win, and we lost, so well done to Uruguay for making it through".

"I saw him after the game, he was chilled, as if nothing had happened", said Thauvin.

Denmark coach Age Hareide said his side's match against Croatia could boil down to who comes out on top in the midfield battle between Tottenham powerhouse Christian Eriksen and Modric.

"Everyone is thinking that I'm happy about this [Argentina's elimination] but I am not". "Yes, we need to defend but we need to attack more". Pele remains the youngest ever among them, though, at 17 years, 244 days during the 1958 semi-final.

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