As for the comparisons to Ronaldo, Shaka Hislop, reporting for The Undefeated, believes it's much bigger than that.
But 43,000 spectators witnessed a stunned Messi walking off the pitch Thursday, looking dejected and defeated, after Croatia blanked the Argentines 3-0.
ESPN's Sam Borden reports from Nizhny Novgorod Stadium where Lionel Messi takes centre stage against Croatia.
Nonetheless, the pundit says that Ronaldo, openly motivated by personal records, will be particularly upset at missing out on a chance to go level with Harry Kane, who has scored five goals at Russian Federation 2018 in just two games.
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Lukaku was forced off in the 59th minute due to an ankle ligament injury but Hazard praised the improvement shown by his teammate. The Manchester United striker had scored two goals in Belgium's opener against Panama where they had won 3-0 on Monday.
The Atletico coach appears to be talking to his assistant Burgos, a former goalkeeper, when he criticises Argentina keeper Willy Caballero for gifting the opening goal in the game to Croatia winger Ante Rebic.
But Fabregas stuck up for Messi: "It was a similar story for Messi against Croatia, but it was not all his fault". Meanwhile, all eyes will be on Messi and Argentina as they battle for survival. "He does not have the quality in behind him, when he needs someone who can help him build up the play".
"No matter who plays tomorrow will have the obligation to give until the last bead of sweat so that Argentina will go through".
"These days, Cristiano Ronaldo has a very different role for Portugal", he told BBC Sport.
He made his World Cup debut in St. Petersburg and scored from the penalty spot, but only after the hosts led by three goals, and his mobility was clearly affected. You can not say that he and Portugal have shown great combinations or tiki-taka football to score great goals.
The superstar forward is yet to provide a goal or an assist at the showpiece event, and Jorge Sampaoli's men need a win over Nigeria Tuesday to have any chance of reaching the last 16.