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Cristiano Ronaldos World Cup ended with a loss of control, a dirty word scolded the referee in the face and the pent-up frustration that he could not have everything.

Four hours earlier, Lionel Messi's campaign came to an end, with a shake of the head, confusion over where things had gone wrong, and the unfamiliar feeling of not being good enough.

The two outstanding stars of football saw their attempt to win the big one, the biggest prize in sports, come to a standstill on Saturday. Not just for this year, but probably forever.

Each of them had a career that is the stuff of dreams, with wealth and fame (one hugs it, the other tolerates it) and trophy cabinets laden with glittering goblets.

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Yet, every man has a place reserved in the Cabinet and in his heart, for the World Cup, and it will surely remain a hole that remains unfulfilled. Nobody will be too sorry for them because it is a unique kind of sting that only the mortals of the sport never feel.

Players who have found fame on every corner, where they are in football or any other discipline, have an inherent sense of believing that they can do anything, that no task or goal or achievement goes beyond them. It is they who make them great and make them the most severe in spite of the best, but it also hurts such days like hell.

For Ronaldo and Messi everyone was burdened with a team that was not so good. He was not as collective as he was against in the last sixteen. France was too deep, too strong, too focused and fearless and ultimately resilient to Argentina, even after Messi had a small chance when his shot failed Gabriel Mercado should bring the team in the lead

Ronaldo Portugal could have been the reigning European champion, however, he had holes and softness in various positions and found that the perfect balance of Uruguay during the group stage was no coincidence. No goals for Ronaldo, which means he never hit a knockout round at a World Cup, and even if he still has a chance, it's only 37.

Strangely enough, Messi shares the same value though he reached the final in the 2014 final and was voted best player of the tournament.

He was not the best player of the match on Saturday, he was overtaken by France's precocious player and quick-footed 19-year-old Kylian Mbappe, who converted an early penalty, scored two goals, sealing a 4: 3 win and one Place in the quarterfinals.

Ronaldo also found a superior opponent that day with Edinson Cavani After a header from coach Uruguay, he shot in a fine cross in the second half before giving way to injury.

Ronaldo not only lost the game, he also lost his nerve. As the 90th minute passed, he made one of his lightning-fast runs, threatening only to usurp a fierce effort wide from the target after it had spread from his side. Then he yelled into the official's face, wrongly, as it turned out, because Ricardo Quaresma had not earned the free kick Ronaldo wanted. The yellow card Ronaldo received meant that he would have missed the quarter-finals anyway, even if a miracle had happened.

That was not it, and Messi had nodded home to Sergio Agüero despite a fine late ball to give the last few moments a certain tension. Too little too late.

And too late for both when it comes to World Cups. They now have four cracks each, and Argentina in 2014 has never been reached with touching distance.

It's not a criticism or a big mistake, even considering the remarkably high standards they have set themselves. Countless great players have never won the World Cup, and they lived with it.

It's just a void and a kind of quirk. Considering that it's so rare that we find two all-time greats at this time, it seems strange that none of them will raise this hard-to-reach trophy. It's just as good that during World Cup star power, it does not depend. The event will miss Ronaldo and Messi, but not too much.

It is a pain they will carry with them because their ego, even that of the calmer Messi, demands it. If they were satisfied with the type that ever ended in destruction, they would not be the Ronaldo and Messi we know.

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