Why is Federation Internationale de Football Association paying Maradona £10k per match during the World Cup?

Arnold Nichols
July 1, 2018

Messi and Argentina out.

ALSO READ: Messi's last chance for national glory slips away in Kazan Meanwhile, European champions Portugal go home, as Ronaldo and Lionel Messi bow out of the competition on the same day. He did register his fifth World Cup assist in the match, though, thus becoming only the third player alongside Thomas Muller and Diego Maradona to have registered five goals and five assists over the last 10 World Cups.

The World Cup lost its headline acts overnight as the game's two biggest stars, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, readied to leave Russian Federation after their teams were eliminated in the round of 16. He was part of the Portugal team that made the semi-finals in 2006, and now has faced round of 16 exits in both 2010 and 2018. Pele remains the youngest ever among them, though, at 17 years, 244 days during the 1958 semi-final.

However, their blanks in their respective games today means the duo have both still never scored a goal in a World Cup knockout game.

After almost five and a half hours of football, it was the first goal Uruguay had let in at this World Cup - indeed it was the first they had conceded in 2018.

In contrast, Uruguay march on with arguably the best defence in worldwide football and one of the best strike pairings anywhere.

The 1986 World Cup victor has been a mix of enjoyment and insane antics in the stands during the tournament, including making a racist gesture to a group of South Korean fans.

45 - Having never scored from a free-kick at a major worldwide tournament, Ronaldo finally got it right at the flawless and most spectacular time. "If it were not for the injuries, he (Cristiano Ronaldo) would have been the best of all history", he said.

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