Mbappe, the first teenager since Brazilian great Pele in the 1958 final to score two goals in one World Cup match, then took over to send Argentina slumping out of the finals before the quarter-finals for the first time since 2002. The problem, though, for me as a France supporter is that maybe their last-gasp qualification will inject a belief into this Argentina squad. Messi has six career World Cup goals heading into the Round of 16, with four of the goals coming during Argentina's deep run in 2014.
Messi ultimately had a change of heart, but it is clear the pressure of the team has taken its toll on the star.
Ronaldo started off in Russian Federation in rousing form; a hat-trick against Spain in the opening match, the highlight of which was a sumptuous late free-kick to secure a point for his side.
So, another eventful day out at the World Cup for the two-time victor, though this time there were no stories of paramedic interventions and hospital visits, followed by a statement to confirm his good health.
Football heavyweights France, Argentina, Portugal and Brazil are all clustered in one section of the competition, with only Spain among recent winners in the other half.
Edinson Cavani scored twice as Uruguay shattered Cristiano Ronaldo's World Cup dream with a 2-1 victory over Portugal here Saturday.
24 - The 24 penalties awarded at Russian Federation 2018 - the first World Cup to use VAR - has already smashed the previous record.
A World Cup title for either of them will tilt the scales in their favour for it has always been a barometer for success. If you've watched their three games you know what they've shown so far means you can't include them in the top five or six.
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As sarcastic as it may seem, that is the reality of the extent of burden Lionel Messi has been made to bare by their heavily tattooed coach.
Neymar, the world's most expensive footballer, was ruled out of the World Cup four years ago after breaking a bone in his back in the quarterfinals and injury has also somewhat hampered his tournament in Russian Federation. "Portugal defend with all their players and it will not be different". In 2016, after Argentina's shocking Copa America loss to Chile, the Barcelona star told reporters his global playing days were over, although he changed his mind less than two months later.
Honestly speaking, I believe that Lionel Messi is not being treated fairly.
There was more talk of working as a team over in Bronnitsy, where Argentina have settled at the World Cup.
The Argentina team will stay in the Ramada hotel ahead of the game.
Perhaps we're getting too far ahead of ourselves, we nearly certainly are, but in seven days' time football fans around the world could be salivating over the prospect of Portugal versus Argentina in the quarterfinals, which would, of course, give us a showdown between Messi and Ronaldo.
"I remember that point in time but everything I say to my players is personal and I will not divulge what was said", he told a news conference. My hair stands on end just thinking about that moment.