You can't say it's been great

     Arthur is set to join Barcelona

GETTY Arthur is set to join Barcelona

However, the Spaniard does make quite a few excellent points.

Messi and Ronaldo, however, are special in his view and can elevate the level of whole teams above the ordinary. No other footballer has been able to even come close to the standards that they have set.

However, Uruguay know how to negotiate their way through a tournament under 71-year-old Oscar Tabarez and with Atletico Madrid duo Diego Godin and Jose Maria Gimenez marshalling their defence, they will be a tough opponent for, most likely, Spain or Portugal in the last 16.

It is very rare that we see two such world class players with absolutely astounding ability in the same generation going head to head against each other. It wasn't the most compelling performance from Uruguay, which struggled in the attack yet again, but you can't argue with back-to-back clean sheets and two wins to start the tournament. Iran failed to have a shot on target in the game but looked to have scored late; however, video assistant referee confirmed offside.

"Obviously there are some other good South American teams in there, but if you ask me the victor is between Brazil and Argentina".

Instead, defeat by Germany set in motion four years of chaos in the global set-up that has brought one of the great footballing nations to its knees and leaves the South Americans staring at a ignominious early exit in Russian Federation.

The Barcelona icon was unable to inspire as La Albiceleste were humiliated with their heaviest defeat in a World Cup group stage since 1958.

Skipper Modric then put his side on course to become the fourth country to book a place in the last 16 in Russian Federation as he swerved right, then left and right again before hammering home a thunderous shot from just outside the area with 10 minutes left. You remember so many Argentina teams with great players in the past, but this team is so far from those.

Martino's replacement, Edgardo Bauza, ultimately helped convince Messi to reverse his decision weeks later, the Barcelona star conceding his "love" of his country was "too great".

Nevertheless, it is 32 years since Argentina last won the World Cup and 25 since their last silverware, the Copa America in 1993.

"It is with regret and disappointment that following yesterday's group B game between Portugal and Morocco, FIFA has learnt of reports in the media concerning the referee Mark Geiger".

Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo has been the stand out player so far at the this summers World Cup in Russian Federation.

Euro 2016 will forever be the difference between Ronaldo and Messi.

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