Russian couple divorces over Ronaldo-Messi debate

Croatia take on Denmark for a place in the World Cup quarter-finals. AFP

Following a World Cup weekend which saw Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo bow out of the competition within a few hours of each other, the Selecao's talisman avoided befalling the same fate by scoring one and assisting the other in Monday's 2-0 win over Mexico in Samara.

Neymar has inspired endless memes and video mashups from fans and even a spot from the South African branch of KFC, which had a player rolling endlessly from the stadium, through the city's streets and bridges until he reaches one of the restaurants of the chain. The Barcelona striker has faced Real Madrid defender Varane in high-stakes matches at club level and the atmosphere in Nizhny Novgorod promises to be every bit as intense as El Clasico.

Southgate said he was already looking forward to Saturday's quarter-final against Sweden in Samara, with a last-four clash against either Croatia or Russian Federation up for grabs.

On Saturday, England play their quarter-final against Sweden in Samara, with a last-four clash against either Croatia or Russian Federation up for grabs.

Neymar has scored two goals at the 2018 World Cup so far, and will be looking to add to his tally when Brazil meet Belgium in the quarter-finals on Friday night. We have underestimated them for years.

The claim has been made by RTS after Neymar was the centre of attention for both the right and unfortunately, wrong reasons, during his country's 2-0 defeat of Mexico in the last 16 clash.

Meanwhile, Belgium's 3-2 win over Japan wasn't a fair reflection of how dominant the Belgians were, and they shouldn't be underestimated ahead of this game.

Brazil's starting XI to face Belgium: Alisson; Fágner, Silva, Miranda, Marcelo; Paulinho, Fernandinho, Coutinho; Willian, Gabriel Jesus, Neymar.

"This is the sort of game you dream about as a little boy and we can enjoy it from the first second", said Belgium coach Roberto Martinez. However, the Blue and Yellow can not be taken lightly after keeping clean sheets in each of their three wins to date, capped by a 1-0 victory over Switzerland as +225 underdogs to earn their first quarterfinal berth since 1994. "We need players like Neymar in the game, but not like this".

According to Moscow-based newspaper Argumento I Fakti, the couple named "Arsen" and "Lyudmila" started arguing after Messi's Argentina defeated Nigeria in the group stage of the ongoing World Cup.

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