While it isn't inconceivable that the pair will play a role in Qatar in 2022, as they continue to perform wonders at club level, Ronaldo (33) and Messi (31) will certainly be at an age when most footballers are thinking of hanging up their boots.
But the draw didn't last long. Uruguay is the only team that didn't concede a goal in the first round - in a group containing Russia, Saudi Arabia and Egypt.
Rumours had it that Cristiano Ronaldo, a Portugal national will be retiring from worldwide football after a shocking exit from the World Cup 2018 in Russian Federation following their 2-0 defeat to Uruguay.
We have seen these two heavyweights stand head and shoulders above everyone else for over a decade now and much of the build up to this summer's global tournament focused on which one would lead their country to glory.
"Everybody knows he's (Mbappe) a really good player, but I think we have a really good defence to control him", said the Barcelona striker.
While Ronaldo will be bitterly disappointed to be heading home earlier than planned from Russian Federation, he at least has the consolation of having won his country's first ever European Championship, two years ago in France. In addition to the departure of the tournament, the reigning Champions of Europe, Internet users amused manner best player in the world to raise my shorts higher and higher during the execution of penalty kicks. "That is the way that we see football", he said. This is their third World Cup together. "We have a team with many young players, and of course we all want him there with us".
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He got it right most of the time last season but we need a bit extra to push for the title". England's players even had psychometric tests before the tournament to help the process.
"It was hard", he continued. "As the captain of Portugal, I know how hard we have worked and we must be proud of the team", he added. "But we have a very strong team in terms of our mindset".
In the evening match, Croatia take on Denmark in Nizhny Novgorod. It will be very hard for us.
"At this stage we still believe we have room for improvement", Alves said.
"Tomorrow is very different from the group stage, where the points matter - tomorrow, either you win or lose".
"We tried our best and we played a good game. We're here to play all seven matches, right up until the final, and we will see what happens".