Simeone admitted it was his remarks that emerged last month, analysing Argentina's downfall and Messi's contribution at the World Cup.
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Wolverhampton Wanderers have signed experienced Portugal midfielder Joao Moutinho from AS Monaco on a two-year deal.
World Cup stars Kylian Mbappe and Luka Modric are among the contenders to end Cristiano Ronaldo's hold on FIFA's The Best Men's Player award.
Portugal defender Jose Fonte is set to continue his much-traveled career in the north of France after agreeing to a two-year deal with Lille.
Cristiano Ronaldo said it was not a difficult decision to leave Real Madrid to join Juventus during his official presentation in Turin on Monday.
From the moment he broke onto the scene with Sporting Lisbon to his five Ballon d'Or awards, Ronaldo has achieved a lot. Here are his best moments.
Cristiano Ronaldo explained his decision to leave Real Madrid in an open letter on the club's website, explaining it was time for a new challenge.
Cristiano Ronaldo is leaving Real Madrid to sign with Juventus, the Spanish club announced on Tuesday.
Is Cristiano Ronaldo leaving Real for Juventus? Gab Marcotti looks at the complicated situation and makes sense of where things stand.
Ronaldo remains without a knockout stage goal at the World Cup in his career -- a feat shared with Lionel Messi.
Portugal's World Cup came to a disappointing end as Ricardo Pereira and Raphael Guerreiro struggled to keep Uruguay's Edinson Cavani under wraps.
The record for international goals is within his sights, and playing for his country puts less pressure on Cristiano Ronaldo than on Lionel Messi.
Portugal coach Fernando Santos said he hoped Cristiano Ronaldo would continue to play with the national team.
Edinson Cavani exorcised his big-game demons with a brilliant brace, but his injury could put a damper on Uruguay's ousting of Ronaldo and Portugal.
Cavani headed home before the break and, soon after Pepe had headed a second-half equaliser, scored the winner with a superb curling shot.
Messi and Argentina out. Ronaldo and Portugal out. Who's next? Here are the most notable numbers from the first day of the knockout games.
The World Cup's round of 16 is upon us. France sent Lionel Messi and Argentina out, before Cristiano Ronaldo and his Portugal side face Uruguay.
Portugal coach Fernando Santos stressed the importance of his other 22 players around main man Cristiano Ronaldo as the prepare to play Uruguay.
Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez claims his team will not "lose sleep" over Cristiano Ronaldo ahead of their World Cup clash in Sochi.
Both teams have history of casting a shadow on a World Cup with their behaviour. And, considering the players on show, this could get ugly.
Cristiano Ronaldo is following Lionel Messi wherever he goes. And now the Argentina star has a permanent reminder just outside his hotel room.
The World Cup has been superb on the pitch but equally brilliant off it thanks to the rich, vibrant and merry travelling fans who came to party.
There's one AFC team in the last 16 and one CONCACAF. Other than that, it's up to South America to prevent a third straight World Cup win for UEFA.