The coach is believed to have lost the support of his players with some claims attributing team selection and tactics to captain and star Lionel Messi. "Leo?" newly-painted above the Ronaldo portrait.
Cavani fired Uruguay into a 1-0 lead after seven minutes after he linked up brilliantly with Luis Suarez's before heading past Portugal goalkeeper Rui Patricio. Messi's return in Russian Federation was more meagre - at times he looked disillusioned on the field as Argentine struggled to find anything like their usual style and he drifted deep into midfield in the forlorn hope of influencing games. His inability to score in the knock-out phase of any World Cup is a telling statistic.
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Season after season, Messi is still a gravity-defying magician with the right assistants, while Ronaldo must be lauded for the diligence he has shown sculpting everything - from his physique to his pace, power and precision with the ball.
On the other hand, Fire midfielder Mo Adam appears optimistic that the results provide a smoother path for his England team to win the World Cup.
"He's been the best football player in the world for more than 10 years", Pogba told TF1. Their tournaments ended in the round of 16, an appropriate exit ramp for underwhelming sides that were overly dependent on their superstars.
"We tried many different tactics - surround him, create space for him ... we tried to use everything we had to allow him to do what he can do".
Sampaoli's players struggled with the set-up and could have been two goals down in the opening quarter, blitzed on the counter-attack by the pace of Kylian Mbappe.