For a start, Messi and Ronaldo have turned the Ballon d'Or-the annual award for the game's leading player-into a duopoly since 2008, winning five times each, a joint record. Argentina suffered a heart-breaking loss in the final to Germany in extra time at World Cup 2014 in Brazil, and they'll be focused on getting back to the final this tournament. Messi is Barcelona's all-time leading goal-scorer and Ronaldo holds the same status for Real Madrid. We kept Ronaldo quite quiet so hopefully will do the same with Messi.
It needs to be somebody who is going to go deep in the tournament and I have a feeling that France can go the distance, therefore I think it could be Antoine Griezmann's time to shine on the big stage, taking penalties and surrounded by a lot of attacking talent. For Ronaldo, it would at least put him in that conversation. "At Manchester United it was already incredible the number of goals he was scoring but in Real Madrid he's become even more complete".
I want Argentina to win the title because this his last chance for the little genius Messi to win a major trophy for his country.
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.
Players of the Argentina National Team during training.
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The French meanwhile could easily build two or three sides made out of quality players but that's not enough to see them reach the semis according to Mourinho.
Messi's admirers, however, say he can't be blamed for the failings of Argentina's (notoriously chaotic) football federation and remain firm that he is the epitome of the ideal footballer.
Icelandic footballers are the tallest at the World Cup in Russian Federation, with an average height of 1.85 meters (over 6 feet) while Argentina are among the shortest teams at the tournament at 1.79 meters (just over 5-feet-10 inches).