World Cup 2018: Messi, Ronaldo out and Spain v Russia buildup – live!

The terrifically-haired one and his Brazilian counterparts are beginning to build some momentum, and having left Barcelona to escape the shadow of Messi, Neymar might look favourably upon some clean air without Ronaldo and Messi to show his wares for the remainder of the tournament.

But perhaps a rival has already pushed his case last night, on the very same field in Kazan?

Kylian Mbappe:

Donates his entire France salary to charity

Youngest player ever to score for France at a major tournament

Beats his idol Cristiano's top speed to become fastest player at this World Cup

Ends his idol's competitor, Messi's World Cup dream

Everybody was hyped about potential Messi v Ronaldo clash in the quarterfinal.

Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani apparently took it as an insult and decided to score 2 goals each to send both Messi and Ronaldo home.

Football is about more than just individuals, but with ten Ballon D’Or prizes between them, you have to go back a decade to a time when neither Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi were considered the world’s best player.

And with so many column inches written about them (especially the curious notion that Messi could never be seen to rival a Pele or a Maradona unless he had led Argentina to a World Cup), we are left with the very possible reality that neither of these true greats of the game will ever lift a World Cup.

Both Ronaldo and Messi go home. Both remain without a goal in the knockout stages of any World Cup. Remarkable for 2 of the games all time greats.

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