France's Kylian Mbappe, left, comforts Argentina's Lionel Messi after France's 4:3 victory in the World Cup Round of 16 soccer match between France and Argentina, at the Kazan Arena, in Kazan, Russia, June 30, 2018

AD10S Leo? Twitter Debating Mbappe 'Ending' Messi's Career After France's Win

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As soon as Argentina equalized the score for the first time in the much-anticipated France-Argentine match - and even more so after France ultimately snatched its 4-3 win - social media nearly burst at the seams with arrays of hilarious memes and gif-images just as dynamic as the clash itself.

19 year-old Kylian Mbappe is one of the unquestionable faves and a central hero of Twitter users’ admiring posts; his impeccable running efforts couldn’t have gone unnoticed either:

Lionel Messi’s fans, meanwhile, appear to resemble those, who take his personality and performance with a pinch of salt:

… and most surely, the question of whether this has indeed been Messi’s last World Cup has struck a nerve:

"Did you know Messi also stars in the famous TV show Narcos?" one user asked, accompanying his rhetorical question with a funny gif:

Meanwhile, one user even suggested that Messi might have preferred to escape post-match publicity:

Some tended to mourn, although tongue-in-cheek, Argentina quitting the quest for a World Cup title:

References to Diego Maradona’s vivid mannerisms are naturally in abundance:

One user suggested mid-way through the match that Maradona had presumably opted for some doping, thereby playing upon the recent jokes over Maradona’s dubious "white powder" bags.

The match’s s top players and the stands even featured in a number of photoshopped collages, whereas some stuck to their own emotions as they were watching the bout:

‘When you say aloud "Go, another goal", that you forget to specify "for France" and that Di Maria scores a goal’ 

One user recalled Gollum from J.R.R. Tolkien's legendarium in connection with Di Maria’s goal: 

Some users naturally indulged in speculations over the use of the VAR automated referee system in this match, concluding that it is biased in favor of Europeans:

In the upcoming quater-finals, France will play the winner of today's match between Uruguay and Portugal.

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