They share one blemish though: Neither has won a World Cup, and Russian Federation 2018 is each star's last real chance at the (kinda, sorta) height of their powers. The Real Madrid icon, five-time Champions League victor, and Twitter superstar (73 million followers and counting) is also 33-years-old, meaning this World Cup could be his last.
"His displays in Serie A and the Champions League show he has the talent to thrive on the worldwide stage but maybe he has been fazed by playing alongside Lionel Messi".
"It's not a huge problem for them because the players are so good that they pick themselves". Not only me but all of us athletes will be happy that Antoine is staying, ' Koke said, but he also warned that his departure from the red-and-white club would not mean the end of the world for the team.
Lopetegui, who takes over after Zinedine Zidane surprisingly stepped down, has consistently favored Lionel Messi in the ongoing "Messi or Ronaldo" debate among soccer fans.
Ronaldo is a player who needs to know that his peers consider him to be the best.
Most football writers agree that we will never see such a great rivalry again and picking one over the other objectively is a tricky proposition. For one a tackle from behind was not considered a foul in stark contrast to the protection offered to players by officiating personnel in the modern era.
In his first seven months at the helm, the former Sevilla coach employed 43 players and six different systems, the nadir coming in March with a 6-1 thrashing by Spain. That always makes it more complicated.
Whether or not the history books will be kind to Messi may just hinge on the performance of his team at the World Cup in Russian Federation. Perhaps each's last chance, period. That will be no easy task as Argentina will first have to emerge from a tough group D which includes perennial rivals Nigeria, a risky Croatia and Iceland.
Between 2014-16, he lost three straight finals-the 2014 World Cup Final to Germany, and the 2015 and 2016 Copa America Finals to Chile, both on penalty kicks.
Diego Maradona's 1986 World Cup-winning team had a much better blend and balance.