The 57-year-old, who was a very visible cheerleader for the team in Russian Federation, coached Argentina in 2010 where they impressed until being beaten 4-0 by Germany in the quarter-finals.
Pepe is now the oldest player for Portugal to have scored a World Cup goal, with his strike in the round of 16 game against Uruguay coming at the age of 35 years, 124 days. On a near-cloudless afternoon by the Kazanka River, Messi and his Argentine teammates were overrun and outmaneuvered by a French team full of skill, speed, youth and, for the first time in this tournament, goals.
"It's a shame if we don't (see Messi and Ronaldo at the next World Cup)".
But this World Cup does not rely upon the greatness of Ronaldo or Messi for its own, and will surely go from strength to strength without them.
Sampaoli is resisting intense pressure to resign following Argentina's 4-3 defeat to France on Saturday (Jun 30) during a World Cup campaign that was fraught with tension and disputes.
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Some salivated over a potential Ronaldo v Messi quarter-final battle between Portugal and Argentina, when in truth France against Uruguay really is a much more tantalising game in almost every way.
Spain have a awful record against host nations at major finals - they have never won in eight attempts and coach Fernando Hierro played when minnows South Korea knocked out his Spain team on penalties in 2002.
Only 42 years old, the Argentine also played for the national team and played two FIFA World Cups as an attacking midfielder. "But you always want to win, and we lost, so well done to Uruguay for making it through". We've had three games here but we're going to look at what happened 10 or 15 years ago?
Runners-up in 2014, the South American team were a shell of their former self and many are pointing to tactics of current coach Jorge Sampaoli as the biggest culprit of their fall from grace.
People think I am happy but my heart is heavy. We don't need to describe him. Pele was the other, doing it twice at 17 at the 1958 World Cup.