Messi and Ronaldo have battled for the nomination of the world's greatest players for a decade now; and the dominance of the pair has been such that no other player has won the Balon d'Or since Kaka in 2007. "Leo?" newly-painted above the Ronaldo portrait.
Maradona's offer comes with Sampaoli's employment with the Argentina Football Association likely to come to an end following a disappointing World Cup campaign.
Sweden edge Switzerland to storm World Cup quarter-finals
At the other end Granit Xhaka hammered one shot narrowly over before Blerim Dzemaili followed suit. He previously appeared as a substitute in Sweden's wins against South Korea and Mexico.
Cristiano Ronaldo declined to comment on his worldwide future on Saturday after bowing out of the World Cup following Portugal's 2-1 defeat by Uruguay.
Messi's Argentina, however, were unable to quell a rampant France side who had finally found their feet at the World Cup and could only watch as Kylian Mbappe scored two goals in an eventual 4-3 thriller of a win.
Neymar is finding it hard to shine at this World Cup, but little by little he is finding his rhythm. "It seems that he has committed suicide since Argentina lost in the world cup".
Cristiano Ronaldo linked with shock Juventus move
Mbappe joined PSG on loan in August of a year ago for a fee of around £166m with his move becoming permanent on 1 July. Since then, the Italian press have gone big on a new story that Juventus are trying to sign Ronaldo from Madrid.
Yet despite his brilliance - and some talented teammates - Argentina have remained without such a trophy - losing to Germany in the 2010 World Cup quarter-finals and suffering the same fate in the 2014 final in Rio.
Javier Mascherano picked up his seventh yellow card of the World Cup against France, the most by one player in the history of the tournament since cards were introduced in the 1970 edition.
"Yes and I would do it for free, I would not ask for anything in return", said Maradona.
Belgium boss eager to face Brazil as underdogs at World Cup
The Red Devils are right in the midst of their golden generation, with so many of their most important players now in their physical primes.
France coach Didier Deschamps has reverted to the lineup which secured their place in the knockout stage with a victory over Peru in their second group match. We don't need to describe him.