Hardly probable not the main sensation rattling in Russian Federation for the 2018 world Cup was the departure of the national teams of Argentina, led by Lionel Messi and Portugal, where the leader of the attack is a powerful equalizer, Cristiano Ronaldo.
The three-storey portrait of Ronaldo was painted on a building behind the Ramada Hotel to welcome the five-times World Player of the Year when Portugal played in the capital of Tatarstan in the 2017 Confederations Cup.
Messi and Ronaldo have missed out yet again, but do they really need a World Cup to prove their greatness. "Leo?" newly-painted above the Ronaldo portrait.
Remarkably, both Messi and Ronaldo pack their bags still never having scored in a World Cup knockout game.
Ronaldo struck a hat-trick in his opening game - a thrilling 3-3 draw with Spain, including a brilliant late free kick to level the match.
"It's good to score in such a game because there's no better place than the World Cup to show your qualities". Their tournaments ended in the round of 16, an appropriate exit ramp for underwhelming sides that were overly dependent on their superstars.
For Messi, it means he still has never won a major worldwide title with Argentina.
The problem lies, though, in Sampaoli's reluctance to resign and a contract clause that would oblige the Argentine Football Association (AFA) to pay the 58-year-old around US$15 million (RM60.7 million) to get rid of him, reports said. In all, Mbappe joins Pele and four other teenagers with multiple goals in one World Cup - Michael Owen (for England in 1998), José Altafini (for Brazil in 1958) Edmund Conen (for Germany in 1934) and Manuel Rosas (for Mexico in 1930). Last month, the body of Dinu Alex, a die-hard Argentina fan from Kerala was found near Illikal Bridge in Kottayam after the team's 3-0 loss to Croatia.