Lionel Messi's New Hotel Is Opposite A Cristiano Ronaldo Mural

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Ronaldo's Portugal and Messi's Argentina are just a win away from setting up a tantalising quarter-final clash.

A huge mural depicting Messi appeared next to the Ramada Hotel in Kazan, where the Argentinian team are staying ahead of their last-16 clash against France, just meters away from a picture of Ronaldo that was painted previous year. The same also goes for Uruguay and Portugal, two similar teams with similar strategies.

There is a growing rumour around the Argentina football team that coach Jorge Sampaoli has lost his influence over La Albiceleste in the wake of abysmal performances in FIFA World Cup group matches.

The narrative couldn't get any better for Cristiano Ronaldo as he scored the only goal in a 1-0 victory over a gallant Moroccan side, taking his tally in the world cup to 4 goals in two games.

Will Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo meet in the quarterfinals and battle it out for supremacy on the greatest stage of all?

Football heavyweights France, Argentina, Portugal and Brazil are all clustered in one section of the competition, with only Spain among recent winners in the other half.

The 1998 champions won 4-3 and looked a totally different side from the one that struggled to find their cutting edge in the group stage, pouring forward with pace and objective to stretch the ageing Argentine defence in Kazan. There has to be paid special attention to those world-class players but we're ready to play against anyone.

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Under pressure to win a first senior trophy with Argentina, Messi opened his account at Russian Federation 2018 with a classy strike in that success. Lionel Messi scored and was more involved as Argentina put Diego Maradona's arteries to the test with a narrow 2-1 win over Nigeria to qualify for the last 16.

Messi has endured a hard World Cup, failing to shine in their opening two games against Iceland and Croatia.

Senegal's departure, however, means there will be no more fist pump celebrations from Cissee, which went viral on social media, tales of Senegal's fans cleaning up at stadiums and pictures of the team joyously warming up.

"He just keeps scoring goals after goals". They have very good players.

Group C winners France await in Kazan on Saturday - and under-pressure Sampaoli maintains his players will be ready for the challenge. At 31, an age when many players begin to decline, the pressure on him is vast.

The departure of Germany and Argentina's failure to win their group, have led to an unbalanced draw with the top half packed with favorites - five-time victor Brazil, Messi's Argentina, Ronaldo's Portugal, France and Belgium.

"We're preparing for the game in the best way and we've to get used to being on top and winning", said Argentina defender Federico Fazio, with a bruise under his right eye after a training ground incident, sitting alongside team-mate Giovani Lo Celso on Thursday. We knew what we wanted to do.

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