But Uruguay conceded their first goal of the World Cup after Pepe header.
"It will depend how we do, how it ends", Messi said before heading to Russian Federation on whether he would continue on the worldwide stage after the World Cup. "Leo?" newly-painted above the Ronaldo portrait.
For all Messi's brilliance at club level with Barcelona, it appears the 2014 final defeat to Germany is the closest he will ever come to winning the World Cup.
Later in Sochi, Ronaldo - who started the World Cup with a hat-trick against Spain - was powerless to prevent Portugal slipping out of the tournament as Edinson Cavani scored twice in a 2-1 win to send the European champions home.
Interestingly Arsen told the newspaper that the couple had fallen in love when they met in a bar whilst watching the 2002 World Cup hosted by Korea/Japan.
Russian Federation stuns Spain in shootout at World Cup
Akinfeev stopped kicks from Koke and Iago Aspas, while Russia's marksmen scored all four penalties they took. Akinfeev used his trailing left foot to kick the ball high away from the goal on Spain's last attempt.
The addition of VAR has also brought a dramatic edge to the tournament but that still hasn't taken the attention away from the best players on the planet. "It seems that he has killed himself since Argentina lost in the World Cup".
"Yes and I would do it for free, I would not ask for anything in return", said Maradona.
That took his goal tally for the tournament to three - two behind England talisman Harry Kane and one behind Belgium's Romelu Lukaku.
Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli sprung a surprise when he dropped striker Gonzalo Higuain and replaced him with midfielder Cristian Pavon for the blockbuster World Cup round of 16 clash against France on Saturday.
Season after season, Messi is still a gravity-defying magician with the right assistants, while Ronaldo must be lauded for the diligence he has shown sculpting everything - from his physique to his pace, power and precision with the ball.
It has been claims that, due to personal reasons, Messi's partner Antonella Roccuzzo could not be in Russian Federation, which led to him being even more "closed off" from others than usual.