Aguero ignores Argentina coach Sampaoli in thank you message

Heather Diaz
July 4, 2018

First, it was Lionel Messi, vanquished by the teenage brilliance of Kylian Mbappe who scored a brace to help France see off Argentina 4-2.

Sampaoli, though, has another four years to run on his contract, meaning the Argentine Football Association (AFA) would have to pay a reported US$15 million (12.9 million euros) to sack him.

Inspiring Belgium to World Cup glory would undoubtedly be his best achievement yet.

Maradona's offer comes with Sampaoli's employment with the Argentina Football Association likely to come to an end following a disappointing World Cup campaign.

Sampaoli said his players lacked a "clear idea" of what they were doing but he studiously avoided taking sole blame for their confusion throughout a scratchy World Cup.

Since then, the player who guided Argentina to their last World Cup win in 1986, has only coached two club sides: Al Wasl and Fujairah in the UAE. He became the world's most expensive player with his £222m switch from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain last summer, and while his first season in France was not without its problems, he still managed 28 goals in 30 games as PSG won a domestic treble. "France put a gear up and the best team one".

He is 32 years old and this could be his final World Cup, so he wants to make the most of it.

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That opens up the possibility of a surprise finalist from the bottom half of the draw, where England and Croatia are now relishing the chance of reaching the final.

With Neymar not performing at his highest level, it is Coutinho who has stood out for Brazil in the early matches. Pepe scored for Portugal in the 55th minute.

Step aside Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. there is a new group of kids on the block ready to seize the limelight and form the next generation of global megastars.

Cristiano Ronaldo declined to comment on his global future on Saturday after bowing out of the World Cup following Portugal's 2-1 defeat by Uruguay.

That Sunday result would seemingly put the Russian Federation v. Spain game in the top spot for World Cup 2018 ratingswise with Saturday's Uruguay v. Portugal match - but actually the duo are number #2.

The Barcelona striker has two goals in the tournament so far, with one coming against Saudi Arabia and the other against Russian Federation.

Aguero celebrates scoring a goal.

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