World Cup choices by the man in the street

Little fellow’ Leo Messi & Argentina to advance to World Cup semi-finals in #MatchMourinho

"Lionel is younger and he can, perfectly possibly be in the next World Cup", the Manchester United manager said of Messi, who turns 31 during Russian Federation 2018.

"With his incredible attitude, with his incredible winning mentality, Cristiano Ronaldo is a unique player", Ronaldo said.

And just last November, he reiterated his belief that Messi is the best player in history, according to TyC Sports.

Ronaldo may be 33-years-old, but he is still one of the greatest players in the world and the crown jewel of Real Madrid.

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). He is in that category alongside Neymar, Ronaldo and Messi.

Mrs Ryan Smith: I'm supporting my husband who has always gone with Germany for various reasons. A strong showing by Ronaldo in Russian Federation, capped off with lifting the trophy, would nearly certainly clinch it for him.

However, Ronaldo is a huge fan of his namesake and believes he's improved immeasurably as a player since leaving Manchester United for Real Madrid nine years ago. They are going to take it because they looked really impressive in the qualifying rounds and the recent friendlies. "When I made Cristiano Ronaldo's portrait I got many positive comments and people were amazed", he said.

After that campaign that ended in a sorry defeat, chances to gain consolation and mini-redemption via the 2015 Copa America and the Copa America Centenario the following year also came to heartbreaking disappointments, stumbling at the final hurdle against the same rivals, Chile.

Paulo Dybala: The Juventus superstar is arguably the most talented player Argentina has after Messi. They have just given him a new contract for the future. Such is the hysteria that Messi's biographer, Sebastian Fest, said it had got to the stage where "it nearly amuses him not to sing it".

"We will cut a cake and distribute T-shirts among kids with Messi's face embossed on them", said Patra, a father of two.

After a quarter-finals showing at Euro 2016, and some excellent play in the qualifiers, Iceland is off to their first World Cup tournament in Russian Federation.

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