In another match, Spain edged out a gallant Iran in an absorbing contest to ensure they will reach the World Cup knockout stage with a draw in their final group game.
"It is with regret and disappointment that following yesterday's group B game between Portugal and Morocco, FIFA has learnt of reports in the media concerning the referee Mark Geiger".
But Sampaoli down-played the rivalry between Messi and Ronaldo, even saying, "Right now we shouldn't compare these two players".
Portugal´s forward Cristiano Ronaldo controls the ball during the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup Group B football match between Portugal and Morocco at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on June 20, 2018.
Spain, who drew 3-3 with Portugal in their opening World Cup match, held on for their first win to move level with the Portuguese on four points in Group B after the European champions earlier beat Morocco, courtesy of another Cristiano Ronaldo goal. Let us know in the comments section below. We can not dwell on it, lamenting what happened.More news: President Donald Trump signs order to halt migrant family separations
Look I'm not really interested in who the better player is between them but you can't go round calling Lionel Messi a "fraud" without being absolutely wrong.
Spain will take on already doomed Morocco and should breeze through, while the Portugal v Iran encounter will decide which of the two progress to the last 16.
I won't lie to you, I personally think a lot of what this guy is saying is absolute and utter tosh.
"I think obviously my choice would be England to win the competition, but that's me being biased and passionate about my country", he said. I doubt if that guy will see another minute of action in the World Cup.
Argentina only qualified for the World Cup due to Messi's heroics in a crunch qualifier against Ecuador, as the Barca star scored a hat-trick to secure qualification. "We started well but then we were put under pressure and it was hard", he said. However we aren't getting a very good price for an outright Spanish victory here, so I'll side with the under as I don't see a high-scoring affair happening here.