"When you look at the teams who have won the World Cup you realise there is always a big goalkeeper in goal". The Barcelona striker has faced Real Madrid defender Varane in high-stakes matches at club level and the atmosphere in Nizhny Novgorod promises to be every bit as intense as El Clasico.
With just over a week of the World Cup to go, we weigh up the chances of the quarter-finalists heading into a mouth-watering round of matches.
"Everyone gets anxious when a game goes to penalties, and with the record England have in competitions, it's huge in England that they've managed to win the shootout here.it's great for confidence because of England's history", he said.
In the other match in England's half of the draw, host nation Russian Federation - riding a wave of euphoria after their shock win against 2010 winners Spain - face a Croatia side inspired by Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric in Sochi on Saturday.
The Brazil forward, in Kazan for Friday's quarter-final against Belgium, is the third footballer to receive the honour with Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo and Argentina's Lionel Messi having already been immortalised on the city walls.
"It'll be the most hard game they'll have played so far, they can bet on that".
The Brazil squad will be facing up against Belgium next, and if they can get past them to advance to the semi's, we're sure there will be a few more games of CS going down to celebrate.
France will play Uruguay at 2am Saturday in the first quarterfinal. "Spain can take control over any team, so we could not play in any other way".
This means four World Cups without triumph for the player who seemed to be upbeat about his country's' performance.