Spain's goalkeeper David De Gea (R) fails to block a second goal by Portugal's forward Cristiano Ronaldo (not in picture) during the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup Group B football match between Portugal and Spain at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi on June 15, 2018.
The first goal of the tournament from the penalty spot came from Ronaldo, the Real Madrid star picking himself up after being felled by Gerard Pique in the third minute of the match to pick the top right corner, sending David De Ge the wrong way.
Cristiano Ronaldo treated fans to a hat trick, helping Portugal manage a 3-3 draw against Spain, while Messi, once again, floundered on the worldwide stage.
But it was Ronaldo who stole the headlines in Sochi, twice putting Portugal in front before Diego Costa replied for Spain each time.
Messi was looking to match the impact his old rival who has opened his account in the tournament with a sensational hat-trick against Spain on Friday night, but it was not to be. Both sets of fans are demanding for more from their teams.
But it did not appear to affect his performance as he scored all three Portuguese goals including a late equaliser that meant the game ended 3-3.
"I'm very happy, it is a personal best (the hat-trick), one more in my career and the most important thing is to highlight what the team has done", said Ronaldo.
As for the player himself, he has come out and defended himself, revealing 'I like that there are criticisms.
But it was Jose Gimenez tipping it in from a Carlos Sanchez free kick with a minute left that won it for Uruguay.
And it was bitter disappointment for Morocco in St Petersburg, who now have little chance of progressing from Group B following the injury time own goal against Iran.