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FIFA World Cup 2018: Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi share embarrassing record

Lionel Messi (L) and Cristiano Ronaldo’s lean run in the World Cup knockout stages continue as both of them were knocked out of the FIFA World Cup 2018 on Saturday.

football Updated: Jul 01, 2018 02:00 IST
FIFA World Cup 2018,Cristiano Ronaldo,Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi (L) and Cristiano Ronaldo have both never scored in the knockout stages of the FIFA World Cup.(Twitter)

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo were knocked out of the World Cup on the same day as Argentina and Portugal came unstuck andthe illustrious pair failed to break their knockout-stage goal droughts.

Argentina’s 4-3 defeat to France left Messi without a goal in 756 minutes of World Cup knockout football, while Ronaldo failed to find the net as Portugal lost 2-1 to Uruguay, extending his goalless streak outside the group stage to 514minutes.

Messi provided two assists as Argentina were beaten in a thrilling match in Kazan but he has now appeared in the knockout stages of four World Cups and failed to score in any of them.

Ronaldo was every bit as frustrated as his Barcelona rival after his fruitless attempts to penetrate Uruguay’s defence left him without a World Cup knockout stage goal in his career as he prepared to go home from his fourth World Cup at the age of 33.

First Published: Jul 01, 2018 01:59 IST