Lionel Messi likely has one final chance to lift the only major trophy missing from his collection, but Ronaldo will not be rooting for the South Americans in Tuesday’s semi-final against Croatia.
Former Brazil star Ronaldo says he can not get behind his country’s great sporting rivals Argentina at the World Cup, and tails France as” big favourites” to retain their title. Lionel Messi probably has one final chance to lift the only major jewel missing from his collection, but Ronaldo won’t be lodging for the South Americans in Tuesday’ssemi-final against Croatia.” I am not going to be a fraud and say I will be happy for Argentina” if they win the World Cup, said Ronaldo.” But I see football as a romantic. And I’ll appreciate any champion.”
“Since the morning, my vaticination has always been Brazil and France in the final,” the two- time World Cup winner told media including AFP at a symposium in Doha.
“Brazil are no longer there. But France, match after match, are backing up their status as favourites and I still see them as the big favourites.”
Ronaldo, who scored both pretensions in the 2002 World Cup final against Germany, expects France to see off surprisesemi-finalists Morocco on Wednesday.” I would really like( Morocco to win) but I do not suppose they will. I suppose France have a veritably solid platoon, whether it’s in defence, attack or midfield,” said the twice former Ballond’Or winner.
Ronaldo has in particular been impressed by Kylian Mbappe, the event’s leading arranger in Qatar with five pretensions.” He knows how to use his chops, how to go briskly than the others. And he uses them to give assists or to score,” said Ronaldo, who expects the 23- time-old Mbappe to shatter multitudinous records.” He has the time, the chops, he is thirsty and he has the gift to conquer it all, that is for sure.”
Ronaldo paid homage to Morocco’s performances after the Atlas Lions came the first African side to reach a World Cup semi-final and the first Arab platoon to do so.
“It’s a great football story that an African platoon is in thesemi-finals of a World Cup,” he said.” I saw the responses in Morocco, what football gives us is veritably beautiful.”
Argentina and Lionel Messi face Croatia on Tuesday in a World Cup semi-final that recesses South American faculty against the craftiness of Luka Modric and a remarkable fighting spirit. Messi, now 35, will essay to guide Argentina into the final for the alternate time in eight times against the beaten finalists in 2018. Messi, who suffered defeat to Germany in the 2014 final, is hopeless to cap an extraordinary career by eventually winning the World Cup and emulating another Argentinian legend, the late Diego Maradona. On the other hand, Croatia, who beat Japan andpre-tournament favourites Brazil in penalty shoot- outs to reach the last four, haven’t won a knockout game in normal time at a major event since they came third at the 1998 World Cup. Know More FIFA News…