Published: Thu, June 14, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Ronaldo has nailed the big difference between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo

Ronaldo has nailed the big difference between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo

Can he and the Selecao, as the Portuguese national team is known, win the 2018 Cup?

"With his incredible attitude, with his incredible winning mentality, Cristiano Ronaldo is a unique player", Ronaldo is quoted as telling Bild by Spanish newspaper Marca.

At 30 years of age, this is considered Lionel Messi's last World Cup in his prime. Messi is Barcelona's all-time leading goal-scorer and Ronaldo holds the same status for Real Madrid.

By the day of the final in Moscow, Messi will be 31; Ronaldo will be 33.

"But I admit that Lionel Messi brings even more magic to football". A strong showing by Ronaldo in Russian Federation, capped off with lifting the trophy, would nearly certainly clinch it for him. The last person, other than them, to win the Ballon d'Or: Brazil's Kaká.

After that campaign that ended in a sorry defeat, chances to gain consolation and mini-redemption via the 2015 Copa America and the Copa America Centenario the following year also came to heartbreaking disappointments, stumbling at the final hurdle against the same rivals, Chile.

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Argentina supporters were still digesting his penalty miss in that second successive shoot-out defeat by Chile in June 2016 when he announced his worldwide retirement at pitch side.

Whichever side you stand on in, few would argue that both these phenomenal players have earned the right to be appreciated on their own merits and for their own achievements. Today, he is one of the best players in the world. CBS Sports will have you covered for each game, all the important news and more, as well as profiles of all of the teams.

"You wouldn't expect Messi to have said that", Arnason said.

Sky Bet's market is a wide open one, with Neymar and Lionel Messi the joint 10/1 favourites, while the likes of Antoine Griezmann, Gabriel Jesus, Harry Kane, Timo Werner and Cristiano Ronaldo are expected to be in contention.

Just one day before the World Cup begins, excitement levels have risen exponentially, managers have shockingly departed, and José Mourinho, now flying over to Russian Federation, has chipped in once again with his opinion for the outcome of the tournament.

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