Maradona offers to coach Argentina for free

Posted July 04, 2018

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Messi would be 35 by the time the Qatar World Cup kicks off in 2022.

Russian Federation 2018 was Ronaldo's fourth World Cup participation, and while he netted four goals in the group stages this time around, he failed, for a fourth time, to score in the knockout stages of a World Cup.

"It's too soon to analyse concrete mistakes we could have made", said the coach, who added that he would not decide on his future immediately.

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Portugal: Patricio 6, Pepe 7, Guerreiro 7, Fonte 6, Pereira 5, Mario 6, A Silva 5, Carvalho 6, B Silva 7, Ronaldo 7, Guedes 5. He will be relieved that Jose Gimenez is back in contention after missing the game against Russian Federation .

They will be crushed by that.

You hoped - no football fan will be unable to admire the Argentinian's extraordinary talents - that goal against Nigeria, where two delectable touches and a ideal finish, would reignite Messi's tournament; that the goal would be the catalyst for the little magician to turn on the style, like he does so often for Barcelona; that France would be the ones who would face his wrath next in the last 16. But for us, the regular football fan who has just seen the game's two modern greats eliminated three games short of a final, the fun is just getting started.

Portugal missed a crucial shot in stoppage-time and there were calls for a handball against Uruguay in the penalty area after goalkeeper Rui Patricio went up for a corner in stoppage time, but it was not given. "Good thing that it happened on the same day", he said, when asked whether the exit of Messi and Ronaldo may ruin the World Cup.

In the knockout stages, Belgium completed a comeback win over Japan, coming from two goals down to score a third and winning goal in stoppage time.

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Whether that factor and what the Lakers can offer by way of a competitive roster, will be enough to lure James remains to be seen. Of course, if LeBron wants to build a team to dethrone the Warriors, taking away their best player would be a good start.

During the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, the little maestro fired Argentina to the finals and was heavily touted to clinch the crown and put himself shoulder to shoulder with the likes of Pele and most importantly, his legendary compatriot Diego Maradona.

None of this is to take away from the ability and careers of these two titans of the game.

However Ronaldo, who will be 37 by the time of the next World Cup, would not be drawn on whether he planned to extend his global career.

Olajire said: "Instead of returning to Nigeria, the Super Eagles players have been returning to their respective bases one after the other".

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He teamed with Miami's Goran Dragic to lead Slovenia to a surprising gold medal at FIBA EuroBasket 2017. Porter Jr. averaged 10.0 points and 6.7 rebounds in his stint with Missouri.

Many a great player has never won the World Cup, and it seems ever more likely that Messi and Ronaldo will end up on that list.