Goals from Ante Rebic, Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic sealed a deserved 3-0 win for Croatia, leaving Argentina needing a minor miracle to get through the group stages.
Messi famously announced his international retirement back in 2016 after his team fell to defeat to Chile in the Copa America final.
And now football fans are urging him to call it a day for good this time.
Sai Dileep wrote on Twitter:
“Lionel Messi should retire immediately without damaging his name further.”
Another wrote that Argentina should “let Messi retire in peace”, while user CJ added:
“If Argentina don’t go through, Messi should retire and stay retired”.
The general consensus on Twitter was that Argentina “don’t deserve” the 30-year-old striker again.
Croatia became the fourth team to make it to the World Cup round of 16 and has left Argentina on the shocking brink of elimination after destroying the South Americans 3-0 on Thursday night.
A helpless Argentina did nothing in attack all game long, and Croatia scored on a shocking goalkeeper error before Ivan Rakitic and Luka Modric put it away late.