Now that would be a tragedy. And yet, it seems quite likely.
The New York Times' Rob Hughes writes about the tremendous pressure on both Messi and Ronaldo to win their next two games. Messi's Argentina play Brazil (as Shourin has so carefully noted here) followed by Paraguay. Ronaldo's Portugal have to play Denmark followed immediately by Hungary.
The prospects of both teams missing the World Cup seem rather high. And in my book, it's a coaching issue on both fronts.
After Portugal lost Scolari things went steadily downhill.
And Argentina? What a tragedy it will be if Argentina don't make it. And not for lack of talent.
Will Maradona end his coaching career in disgrace? Tune in tomorrow to find out.