Argentina legend Maradona ready to coach national team 'for free'

Mae Harvey
July 4, 2018

Ten goals were scored on a gripping first day of the knockout phase as France progressed to a quarter-final tie against Uruguay but Messi and Ronaldo may well have played their last games on football's biggest stage.

Many a great player has never won the World Cup, and it seems ever more likely that Messi will end up on that list. "Leo?" newly-painted above the Ronaldo portrait. It was only his 38th shot in World Cup tournaments and, while both Messi and Ronaldo have both reached this goal tally, it took the superstar duo 67 and 74 efforts respectively to get there.

Sampaoli is resisting intense pressure to resign following Argentina's 4-3 defeat to France on Saturday during a World Cup campaign that was fraught with tension and disputes.

As this trio have shown, it is also about teamwork, with France, Mexico, England and Uruguay (who beat Portugal 2-1) exemplifying good team spirit and even distribution of responsibility.

The former Chile boss lost control of the dressing room, with Lionel Messi reportedly making numerous tactical decisions by the end of the tournament, and the side never played to their attacking potential.

His family later discovered a letter in his bedroom in which the man explained that he couldn't bear the pain of seeing his beloved Argentina, and his hero Messi, lose.

He said: "Yes and I would do it for free".

Aguero finished as Argentina's top scorer for the tournament with two, despite not starting their final two games.

Spain midfielder David Silva said his side will be treating the match "as if we were playing against Brazil".

"I always believed that Argentina could win, so of course I feel a certain frustration, but this will make me stronger as a coach, to learn, to grow".

With two goals already, Modric has been fundamental to how Croatia have played and he was exquisite in Croatia's 3-0 victory over Argentina in the group stages. Pele was the other, doing it twice at 17 at the 1958 World Cup. "The only thing is that they can be a little bit slow, so we will need to find space at their back".

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