Gudmundsson and Iceland out to anger Messi as they did Ronaldo

Gudmundsson and Iceland out to anger Messi as they did Ronaldo

"They defend well as a group, with two very tight lines".

Having predicted Portugal/ Brazil and Argentina/ Germany semi-finals, Mourinho selects Messrs Messi and Ronaldo to meet in the Final at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on the 15th July. Perhaps each's last chance, period.

Lionel Messi, and it isn't even close. In 2014, his team took Germany to extra time in the final, only to fall on Mario Götze's late victor.

"If Messi were Brazilian, then he'd already have a World Cup", he told TyC Sports.

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Neither Messi or Ronaldo have tasted World Cup success, and are in fact yet to face off against each other in the tournament - something Kewell hopes is rectified on the biggest stage possible. Do you prefer the great dribbler, creator and goalscorer extraordinaire, Lionel Messi, or the relentless, physical specimen and goalscoring phenomenon that is Cristiano Ronaldo?

Alejandro Sabella, who was in charge in Brazil four years ago, believes Argentina's progress has been impeded by the absence of "the more cerebral players" they frequently used to produce, playmakers such as Pablo Aimar, Juan Roman Riquelme, Juan Sebastian Veron and Ariel Ortega, that could be to Messi what Andres Iniesta has always been at Barcelona.

Following Enzo Perez's late call-up to the Argentina World Cup squad, his side now boast the oldest team at a second World Cup in a row, with an average age of 29 years and six months. In 2022, he is less likely to be starting for Portugal than he is for David Beckham's MLS team in Miami. Now, all the favourites of Kolkata are coming together as curtains go up on the World Cup. Let's see if Ronaldo can re-create Euro 2016 and spearhead a surprising championship run by taking "survive and advance" to the extreme again. Some feel he needs a World Cup to validate that status, but there's no doubt this team goes as Messi does. It doesn't matter that Ronaldo never won a Champions League title, or that Pele and Maradona played in a different time and hence significantly different leagues, the rules remain the same: You want to be the GOAT?

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