Argentina training to combat Iceland's 6 cm average height advantage in opener

Manchester United star destined to start second World Cup game

Manchester United star destined to start second World Cup game

Fans of Messi, Ronaldo, Mohammed Salah and Neymar are backing their idols to lead their countries to glory to bolster their chances of winning next year's Ballon d'Or.

Salah scored 32 goals in 36 games in the Premier League last season to finish at the top of the goal-scoring charts ahead of Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane. In the latter, he missed his attempt, left the pitch completely distraught, and preemptively declared his retirement from the national team only to rejoin months later.

Argentina have not won the World Cup since 1986 and have lost their last three major finals, two Copa America (2015, 2016) and the 2014 World Cup.

Ronaldo Nazario, victor of the World Cup in 1994 and 2002, has spoken about Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in an interview with Sport Bild. "The Egyptian is one of them".

A perfectly legitimate opinion to hold, but one that could create tension in the dressing room when he takes over as Real Madrid boss after the World Cup.

The predictions of 2018 are based on the strength of the opposition these select forwards will face in the Group stage, given the fact that the six-goal mark has been enough to win the award in seven of the last 10 editions.

Purists of the lovely game have long contended that for a real comparison to be done between players of different eras, a lot more must be taken into consideration.

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Italy's Foreign Ministry in Rome, where the French ambassador was summoned after a diplomatic spat over a stranded migrant ship. After meeting in Berlin, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz and German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer echoed Salvini.

Both claim a string of domestic records in Spanish football, from most free kicks scored in La Liga (that's Messi on 24), to most penalties (Ronaldo on 61). You've gotta win a World Cup.

When Messi is on the field, there is no debate to be had.

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.

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.

"Cristiano Ronaldo is the player I always want to have by my side", he said.

Messi, who is widely considered one of if not the greatest player of all time, won't have many more chances to win global football's biggest prize as he is 30.

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